1997 PMWC Problems/Problem I7

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Problem

$40\%$ of girls and $50\%$ of boys in a class got an $\mathrm{'A'}$. If there are only $12$ students in the class who got $\mathrm{'A'}$s and the ratio of boys and girls in the class is $4:5$, how many students are there in the class?

Solution

\[\frac{2}{5}g + \frac{1}{2}b = 12\] \[5b = 4g \Longrightarrow b = \frac{4}{5}g\]

Substituting, $\frac{2}{5}g + \frac{1}{2}\left(\frac 45g\right) = 12 \Longrightarrow \frac{4}{5}g = 12 \Longrightarrow g = 15$. So there are 12 boys, and $12 + 15 = 27$ students in the class.

See Also

1997 PMWC (Problems)
Preceded by
Problem I6
Followed by
Problem I8
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