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# When n liters of fuel was added to a tank that was already

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When n liters of fuel was added to a tank that was already 1/3 full, the tank was filled to 7/9 of its capacity. In terms of n, what is the capacity of the tank, in liters?

A. 10/9 n
B. 4/3 n
C. 3/2 n
D. 9/4 n
E. 7/3n
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When n liters of fuel was added to a tank that was already 1/3 full, the tank was filled to 7/9 of its capacity. In terms of n, what is the capacity of the tank, in liters?

A. 10/9 n
B. 4/3 n
C. 3/2 n
D. 9/4 n
E. 7/3n

Say the capacity of the tank is 9 liters;

So, there are already 3 liters (1/3*9=3) of fuel and after adding n liters there are 7 liters (7/9*9=7) --> 3+n=7 --> n=4 --> capacity=9=n*9/4.

Or just plug n=4 in the answer choices to see which option yields 9, answer choice D fits: 9/4*4=9.

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To solve this problem, draw diagram or use algebra. I'm more comfortable with algebra.

Given
- tank was already 1/3 full.
- When n ltr added, it became 7/9

So 1/3 + n = 7/9
n = 7/9 - 3/9
n = 4/9

capacity of the tank is full fraction . i.e. 1 i.e. 9/9

so the question is 9/9 is how much times n
= 9/9 = 1 = xn

so x = 9/4

and total = 9/4n

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20 Apr 2012, 08:15
Or you can also solve it another way, check for the integer, which is divisible by both the fractions, here we can take 18 liters as the capacity of the tank.

Then 1/3 of fuel is 6 liters, and 7/9 capacity will be 14 liters. From this we can get the n value as n = 14-6 = 8.
Try to substitute this value in the below options and only option 'D' get the value of 18 as the total capacity.

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20 Apr 2012, 08:19
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Or you can also solve it another way, check for the integer, which is divisible by both the fractions, here we can take 18 liters as the capacity of the tank.

Then 1/3 of fuel is 6 liters, and 7/9 capacity will be 14 liters. From this we can get the n value as n = 14-6 = 8.
Try to substitute this value in the below options and only option 'D' get the value of 18 as the total capacity.

The lowest value for the capacity for which 1/3*capacity and 7/9*capacity are integers is 9 (LCM of 3 and 9). Refer to the solution above.
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20 Jul 2016, 15:08
let capacity=9/9
9/9-3/9-2/9=4/9=n
(9/9)/(4/9)=9/4
capacity=9/4 n

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What if :
7/9-1-3 = n
=>, 4/9 capacity = n
so full capacity = 9n/4
Ans. D
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20 Feb 2017, 18:15
Also, we can answer it this way,

1/3*c+n=7/9*c
c/3+n=7c/9
n=7c/9-c/3
n=4c/9

The question asked is what is the capacity of the tank, in liters? so here as we have already considered C as the capacity of the tank.
C=9/4*n which is the option D.

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