# Thread: Percentage of a solution problem

1. ## Percentage of a solution problem

In a certain medical test designed to measure carbohydrate tolerance, an adult drinks 7ounces of a a30% glucose solution. When thes test is administered to a child the glucose concentration must be decreased to 20%. How much 30% glucose solution and how much water should be used to prepare 7ounces of 20% glucose solution?

2. Originally Posted by amyl
In a certain medical test designed to measure carbohydrate tolerance, an adult drinks 7ounces of a a30% glucose solution. When thes test is administered to a child the glucose concentration must be decreased to 20%. How much 30% glucose solution and how much water should be used to prepare 7ounces of 20% glucose solution?
If the solution is 20% glucose then it's 80% water.

Let the amount of 30% glucose solution used be x ounces. Note that this solution is 70% water.

Then the amount of pure water used is (7 - x) ounces and it's obviously 100% water.

You want the result to be 80% water. So solve:

(70/100)x + (100/100)(7 - x) = (80/100)(7), that is,

0.7x + (7 - x) = (0.8)(7).