# Thread: Algebraic ways of solving these problems.

1. ## Algebraic ways of solving these problems.

Im taking a simple introductory arithmetic math course in Uni and the professor I have is using bizarre methods to solve seemingly simple world problems. I would like to solve this problems algebraically as Im most comfortable using this method, only problem is that I have forgotten the ways to solve these word problems.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

E.g
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A team of 15 employees, working 6 hours a day, does a job in 9 days. How many employees, working 9 hours a day, would be needed to do the same job in 5 days?

2.
A mixture of 100kg of tea at $20 per kg is made up of 60kg at$22 per kg and 40kg at a certain price. What is the price per kg of the second tea?

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Greetings

EB

4. ## flour power

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In what proportion should one mix flour at $1.2 per kg with flour at$1.6 per kg to obtain a mixture at $1.35 per kg? Hello, let us suppose, that you want to produce exactly 1 kg of the flour-mixture. The ingredients are x kg of the cheaper flour and (1-x) kg of the more expensive one. Translate this sentence into an equation:$\displaystyle x \cdot 1.2 \frac{\$}{kg}+(1-x) \cdot 1.6 \frac{\$}{kg}= 1 kg \cdot 1.35 \frac{\$}{kg}$

Solve this equation for x and you'll get: x = 0.625 kg of the cheap flour
and 0.375 kg of the expensive flour.

It is asked for the proportion so you'll get:
$\displaystyle \frac{expensive}{cheap}=\frac{.375}{.625}=\frac{3} {5}$

Greetings

EB