# number of class

• Sep 20th 2012, 08:29 AM
rcs
number of class
in one sophomore class 1/3 of the students are honor students, 2/7 are varsity athletes. If there are four athletes in the class, how many students are there in the class?

anyone can help on this?

thanks
• Sep 21st 2012, 02:20 AM
Deveno
Re: number of class

if 2/7 of the HONOR STUDENTS are athletes, then if S is the number of students:

(1/3)(2/7)S = 4

2S/21 = 4

2S = 84

S = 42

if 2/7 of ALL the students are athletes, then 2S/7 = 4, and S = 14. quite frankly, this makes no sense, as the information about the honor students is then irrelevant, and/or contradictory, since 14 isn't divisible by 3.

if "varsity athlete" differs from "athlete" (regardless of whether or not it's 2/7 of the honor students, or 2/7 of all students, that are VARSITY athletes), there is not enough information to solve the problem.

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