# Thread: Algebra 1 Mixture Word Problem

1. ## Algebra 1 Mixture Word Problem

Emily mixed together 9 gal. of Brand A fruit drink and 8 gal. of Brand B fruit drink which contains 48% fruit juice. Find the percent of fruit juice in Brand A if the mixture contained 30% fruit juice.

I know how to solve the equation, it's just setting it up that confuses me.

2. Originally Posted by momokitty2
Emily mixed together 9 gal. of Brand A fruit drink and 8 gal. of Brand B fruit drink which contains 48% fruit juice. Find the percent of fruit juice in Brand A if the mixture contained 30% fruit juice.

I know how to solve the equation, it's just setting it up that confuses me.

strange, in another problem you had exactly the opposite problem. you could set up the equation but couldn't solve

anyway. write the percentages as decimals. (remember, "percentage" means divided by 100, so 25% = 25/100 = 0.25, for example).

Let $\displaystyle x$ be the amount of juice in brand A (we can convert to percentage when finished)

we have 8 gal of brand B where 48% = 0.48 of it is juice. thus, the amount of juice in B that is juice is (0.48)8 = 3.84

similarly, we want, 0.3(17) = 5.1 gal of the mixture to be juice.

again, similarly, the amount of juice in A is given by $\displaystyle 9x$

thus we have: $\displaystyle 9x + 3.84 = 5.1$

now solve for x and you can get the rest i think