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 By: Jane Lim (offline)  Friday, May 27 2011 @ 10:15 PM CDT (Read 1409 times)
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Basket A and B have an equal number of marbles. The number of blue marbles in Basket A is 3/5 of the number of blue marbles in Basket B. The number of red marbles in Basket B is 3/7 of the number of red marbles in Basket A. What is the ratio of the number of blue marbles to the number of red marbles in Basket B?

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 By: learnandshare (offline)  Friday, June 03 2011 @ 10:09 AM CDT
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Hi Jane

I obtained the ratio 10: 3. My approach is as follows:

The number of blue marbles in Basket A is 3/5 of the number of blue marbles in Basket B means:

3 units of blue marbles in Basket A: 3Blue
5 units of blue marbles in Basket B :5Blue

The number of red marbles in Basket B is 3/7 of the number of red marbles in Basket A means:

3 units of red marbles in Basket B: 3Red
7 units of red marbles in Basket A: 7Red

Note 1 unit in blue is not equal to 1 unit in red.

3Blue + 7 Red (for basket A) equal to
5Blue + 3 Red (for Basket

4Red = 2 Blue
2Red = 1Blue (Eq *)

Ratio of the number of blue marbles to the number of red marbles in Basket B:

5Blue : 3Red

Convert to all red unitsby refering to Eq *.

10 Red :3 Red which gives the ratio: 10:3

Rgds
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