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    Help needed with test

    Hi, I am new here and need your help!! I am trying to solve:
    there are 15 yellow and 35 orange balls in a basket How many more yellow balls must be added to make the yellow balls 65 %
    I got to this point
    x + 15\x +50=65\100 and I can't move from here... Can someone guide me, please?
    By the way, the answer is 50
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
    Hi, I am new here and need your help!! I am trying to solve:
    there are 15 yellow and 35 orange balls in a basket How many more yellow balls must be added to make the yellow balls 65 %
    I got to this point
    x + 15\x +50=65\100 and I can't move from here... Can someone guide me, please?
    By the way, the answer is 50
    I thought otherwise about this problem:

    if 15 + x = 65% and 100% = (15 + x) + 35, thus

    x = 100% - 50 = 50, we need to add 50,

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    Re: Help needed with test

    Thank you, Dokrbb!! It makes total sense! I don't know what I was thinking when did it another way!
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Hello, Kendall!

    There are 15 yellow and 35 orange balls in a basket.
    How many more yellow balls must be added to make the yellow balls 65% ?

    Your set-up is absolutely correct!


    Note that: 65\% \,=\,\tfrac{65}{100} \,=\,\tfrac{13}{20}

    Let x = additional yellow balls.

    Then the basket contains 50+x balls of which 15+x are yellow.

    We want: . \frac{x+15}{x+50} \:=\:\frac{13}{20} . . . . You got this far.


    Cross-multiply: . 20(x+15) \:=\:13(x+50)

    n . . . . . . . . . . . 20x + 300 \:=\:13x + 650

    n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7x \:=\:350

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x \:=\:50
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Since distribution does not change number of orange balls: ? + 35 = 100; ? = 65 ; 65 - 15 = 50
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    Re: Help needed with test

    I realize I'm getting to this a bit late, but we aren't allowed to help with graded questions. Please do not do this again in the future! (That goes for helping the student as well, people!)

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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    I realize I'm getting to this a bit late, but we aren't allowed to help with graded questions. Please do not do this again in the future! (That goes for helping the student as well, people!)

    -Dan
    Hi Totsquark,
    Sorry I should be more clear when posted, it is not graded test, it is for practice, otherwise I wouldn't be able to ask a question, as I wouldn't have it We don't have assignments that we could take home...
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Thank you everyone for all your help!! This board is the best!
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    I realize I'm getting to this a bit late, but we aren't allowed to help with graded questions. Please do not do this again in the future! (That goes for helping the student as well, people!)
    -Dan
    What's the problem Dan?
    He ALREADY had 50 as the answer: shown in his initial post.
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilmer View Post
    What's the problem Dan?
    He ALREADY had 50 as the answer: shown in his initial post.
    He had the final answer, not the complete solution. There's a world of difference between the two.

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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    He had the final answer, not the complete solution. There's a world of difference between the two.

    -Dan
    OK Dan, you are making it all so difficult, sorry for even posting here, I already regret that. I explained already that it is not FOR GRADING TEST. Who would actually give us test in advance??? It just doesn't make sense... I had half of the solution and the answer, just wasn't sure about last step, please read it again.
    I was very happy to find this forum and grateful for all the help, but if I am not allowed to ask questions about old test here it is fine, I will not come back here again
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    He had the final answer, not the complete solution. There's a world of difference between the two.
    Agree. But (from what I understand from other similar sites) we do not give the
    answer (50 in this case) but will "help/teach" by giving the solution steps, perhaps
    using a similar problem to demonstrate.

    Anyhow, ain't looking for an argument (I'm not a moderator, just an average helper).

    I showed the actual "50" in my reply only because it had been already shown
    by Soroban.
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    Re: Help needed with test

    Quote Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
    OK Dan, you are making it all so difficult, sorry for even posting here, I already regret that. I explained already that it is not FOR GRADING TEST. Who would actually give us test in advance??? It just doesn't make sense... I had half of the solution and the answer, just wasn't sure about last step, please read it again.
    I was very happy to find this forum and grateful for all the help, but if I am not allowed to ask questions about old test here it is fine, I will not come back here again
    I'm sorry you are taking issue about this, but the fact of the matter is that there have been several people in the past who have gotten take home tests and tried to get us to solve their exam for them. In the future if it's a practice exam or some such simply tell us it's not for credit.

    -Dan
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