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Question from Gmat Prep- Help please! 5 Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:23 am
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According to the directions on a can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 can of concentrate is to be mixed with 3 cans of water to make orange juice. How many 12-ounce can of the concentrate are required to prepare 200 6-ounces serving of orange juice?
a)25
b)34
c)50
d)67
e)100

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Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:39 am
bobdylan wrote:
According to the directions on a can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 can of concentrate is to be mixed with 3 cans of water to make orange juice. How many 12-ounce can of the concentrate are required to prepare 200 6-ounces serving of orange juice?
a)25
b)34
c)50
d)67
e)100
This can be solved using equivalent ratios.
The first part tells that, for every 1 can of concentrate, we can make 4 cans of juice.
Let's be even more generic, for 1 volume of concentrate, we can make 4 volumes of juice.

Okay, now notice that we have a problem with the volume mismatch in the question. It involves 12-ounce cans of concentrate and 6-ounce servings.
So, let's reword the question. Instead of making 200 6-ounce servings of juice, let's make 100 12-ounce servings of juice. We're still making the same amount of juice.

We're now asking, "How many 12-ounce cans of the concentrate are required to prepare 100 12-ounce serving of orange juice?

We'll solve this question using equivalent ratios.

(volume of concentrate)/(volume of juice): 1/4 = x/100

Solve for x to get x=25

Cheers,
Brent

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