The base material for a certain roadbed is 80% crushed rock when measured by weight. How many tons of this material must be mixed with another material containing 30% rock to make 150 tons of material that is 40% crushed rock?

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- March 5th 2013, 03:54 PMmbruiz1Help
The base material for a certain roadbed is 80% crushed rock when measured by weight. How many tons of this material must be mixed with another material containing 30% rock to make 150 tons of material that is 40% crushed rock?

- March 5th 2013, 07:32 PMSorobanRe: Help
Hello, mbruiz1!

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The base material for a certain roadbed is 80% crushed rock when measured by weight.

How many tons of this material must be mixed with another material containing 30% crushed rock

to make 150 tons of material that is 40% crushed rock?

Let = tons of 80% material.

This contains tons of crushed rock.

Let = tons of 30% material.

This contains: tons of crushed rock.

The mixture will contain: tons of crushed rock.

But we know that the mixture will be 150 tons which is 40% crushed rock.

. . It will contain: tons of crushed rock.

We just described the final amount of crushed rock in*two*__ways__

There is our equaton! . . .

Got it?