Pam and Stanley packed several boxes with reams of paper. While both packed, Pam packed 60% of the boxes. After Pam stop

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Pam and Stanley packed several boxes with reams of paper. While both packed, Pam packed 60% of the boxes. After Pam stopped, Stanley packed the same number of boxes that he had packed while working with Pam. What is the ratio of the number of boxes Pam packed to the number of boxes Stanley packed?

A. 1 to 4
B. 1 to 3
C. 3 to 5
D. 3 to 4
E. 3 to 2

Answer: D

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Vincen wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:36 am
Pam and Stanley packed several boxes with reams of paper. While both packed, Pam packed 60% of the boxes. After Pam stopped, Stanley packed the same number of boxes that he had packed while working with Pam. What is the ratio of the number of boxes Pam packed to the number of boxes Stanley packed?

A. 1 to 4
B. 1 to 3
C. 3 to 5
D. 3 to 4
E. 3 to 2

Answer: D

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We can solve this question by finding values that satisfy the given conditions.

Pam and Stanley packed several boxes with reams of paper. While both packed, Pam packed 60% of the boxes.
Let's say that, during this time, Pam and Stanley packed a TOTAL of 10 boxes.
Since Pam packed 60% of the boxes, we can conclude that Pam packed 6 boxes and Stanley packed the remaining 4 boxes

After Pam stopped, Stanley packed the same number of boxes that he had packed while working with Pam.
This means that Stanley packed another 4 boxes after Pam stopped.
So the total number of boxes that Stanley packed = 4 + 4 = 8

What is the ratio of the number of boxes Pam packed to the number of boxes Stanley packed?
Pam packed 6 boxes
Stanley packed 8 boxes

The ratio is 6 to 8
Simplify to get: 3 to 4

Answer: D

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