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 March 1st, 2015, 09:44 PM #1 Senior Member     Joined: Jan 2012 Posts: 724 Thanks: 7 How many boys are in the class? In a class of 52 students, 16 are science students. If 1/3 of the boys and 1/4 of the girls are science students, how many boys are in the class? Total no of student in class = 52 no of science student = 16 no of non science student = 52 - 16 = 36 1/3 of the boys = science students 1/4 of the girls = science students How do I know the number of girls or boys in non science class?
 March 1st, 2015, 09:59 PM #2 Senior Member     Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,204 Thanks: 511 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs I would write: $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B+\frac{1}{4}(52-B)=16$ $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B+13-\frac{1}{4}B=16$ $\displaystyle \frac{1}{12}B=3$ $\displaystyle B=36$ Thanks from Hoempa
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 Originally Posted by Chikis In a class of 52 students, 16 are science students. If 1/3 of the boys and 1/4 of the girls are science students, how many boys are in the class?
$\displaystyle b= nr.\ boys, \ \ g=nr.\ girls \\\;\\ b+g=52\ \ \ (*) \\\;\\ \dfrac{1}{3}b+\dfrac{1}{4}g = 16|_{\cdot 12} \\\;\\ 4b+3g+12\cdot16 \\\;\\ b+3b+3g = 12\cdot16 \\\;\\ b+3(b+g)=12\cdot16 \\\;\\ b=12\cdot16-3(b+g)\ \stackrel{(*)}{\Longrightarrow}\ b=12\cdot16-3\cdot52 \\\;\\ b=3(4\cdot16-52)=\ 3(64-52)=3\cdot12 = 36 .$

 March 2nd, 2015, 03:49 AM #4 Math Team   Joined: Apr 2010 Posts: 2,778 Thanks: 361 Alternatively, similar to MarkFL's method, Suppose all students are girls. Then, there are 52 girls and 13 are science students. Replacing one girl with one boy adds 1/3 - 1/4 = 1/12 science student. We lack 16 - 13 = 3 sciencestudent. So replace 3 / (1/12) = 3 * 12 = 36 girls with 36 boys and we have 36 boys and (52 - 36 = 16) girls.
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 Originally Posted by MarkFL I would write: $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B+\frac{1}{4}(52-B)=16$ $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B+13-\frac{1}{4}B=16$ $\displaystyle \frac{1}{12}B=3$ $\displaystyle B=36$
Why ? Could you please explain?

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 Originally Posted by aurel5 $\displaystyle b= nr.\ boys, \ \ g=nr.\ girls \\\;\\ b+g=52\ \ \ (*) \\\;\\ \dfrac{1}{3}b+\dfrac{1}{4}g = 16|_{\cdot 12} \\\;\\ 4b+3g+12\cdot16 \\\;\\ b+3b+3g = 12\cdot16 \\\;\\ b+3(b+g)=12\cdot16 \\\;\\ b=12\cdot16-3(b+g)\ \stackrel{(*)}{\Longrightarrow}\ b=12\cdot16-3\cdot52 \\\;\\ b=3(4\cdot16-52)=\ 3(64-52)=3\cdot12 = 36 .$
How? Could you explain?

 March 2nd, 2015, 05:32 AM #7 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,131 Thanks: 716 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions Look at the first equation of MarkFL's method and ask yourself what each term represents. For example, what might B mean? What does $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B$ represent? If you do this, you'll realise that it's quite obvious how the equation is derived. We could tell you straight, but you'd probably kick yourself.
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 March 2nd, 2015, 11:05 AM #9 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 19,726 Thanks: 1807 Clearly, 1/4 of the boys and 1/4 of the girls would total 1/4 of 52, which is 13. As 1/3 of the boys exceeds 1/4 of the boys by 1/12 of the boys, 1/12 of the boys is equivalent to 3 boys, and so there are 36 boys.
 March 3rd, 2015, 12:16 AM #10 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,131 Thanks: 716 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions Just to clarify, what I was referring to was this: $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B + \frac{1}{4}(52-B) = 13$ $\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}B$ is the number of boys who do science. $\displaystyle (52-B)$ is the number of girls in the class, so $\displaystyle \frac{1}{4}(52-B)$ refers to the number of girls who do science. $\displaystyle 13$ is the total number of people who do science. Therefore, the first equation of MarkFL's answer is: number of boys who do science + number of girls who do science = total number of people who do science. The rest is just simplification to get a result. It's a nice answer Thanks from MarkFL and phrack999

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