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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 ##### This topic has 2 expert replies and 2 member replies ## A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices. If a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used, how many pounds of beans are used? A. 3 B. 6 C. 12 D. 18 E. 24 OA is C ### GMAT/MBA Expert Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 10071 messages Followed by: 494 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Top Reply Hi vinni.k, We're told that a chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices (and a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used). We're asked how many pounds of beans are used. This question can be solved in a couple of different ways, including by TESTing THE ANSWERS. Let's TEST Answer B first. Answer B: 6 pounds IF... there are 6 pounds of beans, then the total mixture is 3(6) = 18 pounds TOTAL (1/2)(18 pounds) = 9 pounds of meat However, 9 pounds of meat + 6 pounds of beans + 6 pounds of sauce/spices = 21 pounds. This does NOT match the total we calculated. We need the total to be larger, so we need more beans. 18 pounds and 21 pounds are relatively close to one another; Answer B doubles the beans, while Answer C triples the beans. Let's TEST the smaller increase first... Answer B: 12 pounds IF... there are 12 pounds of beans, then the total mixture is 3(12) = 36 pounds TOTAL (1/2)(36 pounds) = 18 pounds of meat However, 18 pounds of meat + 12 pounds of beans + 6 pounds of sauce/spices = 36 pounds. This matches the total we calculated, so this must be the answer. Final Answer: C GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich _________________ Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 08 Dec 2008 Posted: 12655 messages Followed by: 1245 members Upvotes: 5254 GMAT Score: 770 Top Reply vinni.k wrote: A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices. If a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used, how many pounds of beans are used? A. 3 B. 6 C. 12 D. 18 E. 24 A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices Let's see what fraction of the final mixture is sauce and various spices 1/2 + 1/3 = 3/6 + 2/6 = 5/6 If 5/6 of the mixture is meat and beans, then the remaining 1/6 of the mixture is sauce and various spices So, the mixture is 1/2 meat, 1/3 beans and 1/6 sauce and various spices If a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used, how many pounds of beans are used? Notice that 1/3 is TWICE 1/6 This means the weight of beans in the mixture is TWICE the weight of sauce and spices in the mixture So, if the mixture contains 6 pounds of sauce and spices, then it must contain 12 pounds of beans in the mixture Answer: C Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson – Creator of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Sign up for our free Question of the Day emails And check out all of our free resources GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMAT’s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 17 Apr 2011 Posted: 421 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 6 Test Date: 2016 Target GMAT Score: 700+ GMAT Score: 620 Thank you Brent@GMATPrepNow wrote: vinni.k wrote: A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices. If a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used, how many pounds of beans are used? A. 3 B. 6 C. 12 D. 18 E. 24 A chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices Let's see what fraction of the final mixture is sauce and various spices 1/2 + 1/3 = 3/6 + 2/6 = 5/6 If 5/6 of the mixture is meat and beans, then the remaining 1/6 of the mixture is sauce and various spices So, the mixture is 1/2 meat, 1/3 beans and 1/6 sauce and various spices If a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used, how many pounds of beans are used? Notice that 1/3 is TWICE 1/6 This means the weight of beans in the mixture is TWICE the weight of sauce and spices in the mixture So, if the mixture contains 6 pounds of sauce and spices, then it must contain 12 pounds of beans in the mixture Answer: C Cheers, Brent Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 17 Apr 2011 Posted: 421 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 6 Test Date: 2016 Target GMAT Score: 700+ GMAT Score: 620 thanks Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote: Hi vinni.k, We're told that a chili recipe calls for the final mixture to consist of 1/2 meat and 1/3 beans, with the remainder an even mixture of sauce and various spices (and a total of 6 pounds of sauce and spices are used). We're asked how many pounds of beans are used. This question can be solved in a couple of different ways, including by TESTing THE ANSWERS. Let's TEST Answer B first. Answer B: 6 pounds IF... there are 6 pounds of beans, then the total mixture is 3(6) = 18 pounds TOTAL (1/2)(18 pounds) = 9 pounds of meat However, 9 pounds of meat + 6 pounds of beans + 6 pounds of sauce/spices = 21 pounds. This does NOT match the total we calculated. We need the total to be larger, so we need more beans. 18 pounds and 21 pounds are relatively close to one another; Answer B doubles the beans, while Answer C triples the beans. Let's TEST the smaller increase first... Answer B: 12 pounds IF... there are 12 pounds of beans, then the total mixture is 3(12) = 36 pounds TOTAL (1/2)(36 pounds) = 18 pounds of meat However, 18 pounds of meat + 12 pounds of beans + 6 pounds of sauce/spices = 36 pounds. This matches the total we calculated, so this must be the answer. 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