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==Solution 1== | ==Solution 1== | ||
Let the number of sixth graders be <math>s</math>, and the number of ninth graders be <math>n</math>. Thus, <math>n/3=2s/5</math>, which simplifies to <math>n=6s/5</math>. Since we are trying to find the value of <math>\frac{n/3+2s/5}{n+s}</math>, we can just substitute <math>n</math> for <math>6s/5</math> into the equation. We then get a value of <math>\boxed{\textbf{(B)}~\frac{4}{11}}</math> | Let the number of sixth graders be <math>s</math>, and the number of ninth graders be <math>n</math>. Thus, <math>n/3=2s/5</math>, which simplifies to <math>n=6s/5</math>. Since we are trying to find the value of <math>\frac{n/3+2s/5}{n+s}</math>, we can just substitute <math>n</math> for <math>6s/5</math> into the equation. We then get a value of <math>\boxed{\textbf{(B)}~\frac{4}{11}}</math> | ||
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+ | We see that the minimum number of ninth graders is <math>6</math>, because if there are <math>3</math> then there is <math>1</math> ninth grader with a buddy, which would mean <math>2.5</math> sixth graders with a buddy, and that's impossible. With <math>6</math> ninth graders, <math>2</math> of them are in the buddy program, so there <math>\frac{2}{\tfrac{2}{5}}=5</math> sixth graders total, two of whom have a buddy. Thus, the desired probability is <math>\frac{2+2}{5+6}=\frac{4}{11}\implies\boxed{\textbf{(B) }\frac{4}{11}}</math>. | ||
==See Also== | ==See Also== | ||
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{{MAA Notice}} | {{MAA Notice}} |
Revision as of 18:44, 25 November 2015
In a middle-school mentoring program, a number of the sixth graders are paired with a ninth-grade student as a buddy. No ninth grader is assigned more than one sixth-grade buddy. If of all the ninth graders are paired with of all the sixth graders, what fraction of the total number of sixth and ninth graders have a buddy?
Solution 1
Let the number of sixth graders be , and the number of ninth graders be . Thus, , which simplifies to . Since we are trying to find the value of , we can just substitute for into the equation. We then get a value of
Solution 2
We see that the minimum number of ninth graders is , because if there are then there is ninth grader with a buddy, which would mean sixth graders with a buddy, and that's impossible. With ninth graders, of them are in the buddy program, so there sixth graders total, two of whom have a buddy. Thus, the desired probability is .
See Also
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