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 By: shirley wee (offline)  Wednesday, August 01 2012 @ 03:23 AM CDT (Read 715 times)
shirley wee

Hi! I'm am confused and do not know the solution to this word problem. Can you solve it?

This is the word problem:

Mrs Pang sells pineapples, honeydews and papayas. 0.25 of the fruits are pineapples and 0.4 of the remaining fruits are honeydews. If there are 75 more papayas than honeydew, how many fruits are there in Mrs Pang's fruit stall?

Thank you.

Chatty

Registered: 02/28/12
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 By: MathIzzzFun (offline)  Wednesday, August 01 2012 @ 10:59 AM CDT
MathIzzzFun

Quote by: shirley wee

Hi! I'm am confused and do not know the solution to this word problem. Can you solve it?

This is the word problem:

Mrs Pang sells pineapples, honeydews and papayas. 0.25 of the fruits are pineapples and 0.4 of the remaining fruits are honeydews. If there are 75 more papayas than honeydew, how many fruits are there in Mrs Pang's fruit stall?

Thank you.

change all decimals/percentage to fractions --> 0.25 = 1/4, 0.4 = 2/5

Mrs Pang sells pineapples, honeydews and papayas. 1/4 of the fruits are pineapples and 2/5 of the remaining fruits are honeydews. If there are 75 more papayas than honeydew, how many fruits are there in Mrs Pang's fruit stall?

Pineapples : Honeydews + Papayas --> 1 : 3, Honeydews : Papayas --> 2 : 3 (**total 5)

Pineapples : Honeydews+Papayas : Honeydews : Papayas
= 5 : 15 : 6 : 9 (**equalize the total for honeydews + papayas)
--> Total 20u, Papayas --> 9u, Honeydews --> 6u
3u --> 75, 1u --> 25, 20u --> 500

500 fruits in total

cheers.

Chatty

Registered: 04/02/10
Posts: 36

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