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**Jessic17** I have a word equation i cannot figure out! anyone have any ideas?

There is a large bag of red and blue counters. One red and one blue counter are removed from the bag. This process is repeated until 1/4 of the red counter and 3/5 of the blue counters have been removed. What fraction of the original counters remain in the bag?

Im stumped!

I've written that:

Red - n = 3/4 Red

blue - n = 2/5 blue

n is the number of counters removed as it the same number removed from both.

therefore n = 1/4red and n = 3/5 blue. therefore 1/4 red = 3/5 blue. if you cross multiply that you get that 5 red = 12 blue.... I dont know how that helps!