
By: drstevewu (offline) Friday, October 19 2012 @ 08:23 AM CDT (Read 1616 times)



drstevewu 
Hi, like to know how to solve the following Math questions:
1. A group of pupils scored an average of 92 marks in a Math test. The boys scored 90 on average while the girls scored 95 on average. What is the ratio of the number of boys to the numbers of girls in the group?
2. At a funfair, Tom collected 2960 points for playing games. Each easy level game earned 32 points and each difficult level games earned 25% as much points as each easy level game. If Tom played 20 times of more difficult games than easy level games, how many times did he play the difficult level games?
Thank you.

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By: echeewh (offline) Sunday, October 21 2012 @ 09:08 PM CDT



echeewh 
Hi there,
Still working on Q2 and btw, do u already have the answer to this?
Heres my worked solution for Q1.
Q1
Total marks (B ) = 90B
Total marks (G) = 95G
Average Total = (90B + 95G) / (B + G)
Given average total = 92, we have ...
(90B + 95G) / (B + G) = 92
(90B + 95G) = 92 × (B + G)
90B + 95G = 92B + 92G
92B  90B = 95G  92G
2B = 3G
(B/G) = (3/2)
Hence, B : G = 3 : 2
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Trust this helps.
Do let me know again if this is different from your Answerkey or if there's further clarification.
Cheers,
Edward

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By: drstevewu (offline) Wednesday, October 24 2012 @ 10:24 AM CDT



drstevewu 
Thanks Edward. Yes i have got an answer from a friend for question 2. The solution is as follows:
Each easy level game earns 32 points.
Each difficult level game wiil earn  25% of 32 = 8 points.
Since Tom played 20 times of more difficult level games than easy level games;
20 x 8 = 160 (the extra points for the difficult level games)
2960  160 = 2800 (easy + difficult level games poins)
1 set of easy + difficult games points  32 +8 = 40 points
2800 / 40 = 70 sets
Easy level games is 70 times
Difficult level games : 70 + 20 = 90
Tom played 90 times of difficult leve games.

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By: echeewh (offline) Monday, October 29 2012 @ 02:41 AM CDT



echeewh 
hey drstevewu,
In the course of resolving your Q2, I have come across some doubts and ambiguity in the statements. Anyway, this is just my personal opinion.
<My comments/Opinion>
Referring to your friend's solution, it is showing T played 20 more difficult games than easy. And NOT "played 20 times of more difficult games than easy level games" as stated in question, per se. This is as follows:

Easy level games is 70 times
Difficult level games : 70 + 20 = 90
Tom played 90 times of difficult level games.

So if T had played 70 times easy games, then he would have played ( 21 x 70 = 1470 ) of difficult games, since D : E = 21 : 1.
Hence, based on your friend's solution, the statement should be "played 20 more difficult games than easy level games"
If this is the way the question is intended for, then obviously I have no problem doing it then.
Hence, in my opinion, the question is rather ambiguous. Phrasing in a question is very important as it helps the student to answer the question correctly; otherwise, it will become misleading.
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Kind regards,
Edward

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By: drstevewu (offline) Tuesday, October 30 2012 @ 07:56 PM CDT



drstevewu 
Hi Edward,
Noted your comments. I might have typed the "times" by error. Sorry for the confusing you all. Thank you so much for your kind reply..

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By: limys (offline) Wednesday, October 31 2012 @ 12:07 AM CDT



limys 
hi drstevewu,
Based on ans of 70 times easy and 90 times difficult, the total points wld be :
70*32 + 90*40 = 5840
and not 2960.
Assuming "20 more difficult games" and NOT "20 times more difficult games", check if following makes sense :
20 more difficult games are 20*40=800
2960800 = 2160
Easy + Diff = 32 + 40 =72
2160/72=30
Therefore 30 easy and (30+20) diff
cheers

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By: echeewh (offline) Wednesday, October 31 2012 @ 06:49 AM CDT



echeewh 
hello limys,
The original solution is cool ..
You pointed out the following:
70*32 + 90* 40 = 5840
However, each Difficult game earned 8 points and not 40 as you pointed out above (see following extract from solution):
Each difficult level game wiil earn  25% of 32 = 8 points.
Thus, (70 × 32) + (90 × 8) = 2240 + 720 = 2960
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Trust this addresses your concern.
Best regards,
Edward

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