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    A restaurant owner is told, to keep his license, the ratio of his liquor sales to food sales cannot exceed 2.5:1. If the restaurant has $50,000 in food sales, how much liquor slaes can it have?

    Is this correct?:

    2.5___50000
    --- =-------
    1______x

    therefore:2.5x=50000

    x=$20,000 in liquor sales?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigstarz
    A restaurant owner is told, to keep his license, the ratio of his liquor sales to food sales cannot exceed 2.5:1. If the restaurant has $50,000 in food sales, how much liquor slaes can it have?...
    Hello, bigstarz,

    I read your problem like this:

    Quote Originally Posted by bigstarz
    ...the ratio of his liquor sales to food sales...2.5 : 1
    In my opinion it means:
    \frac{\mbox{liquor sales}}{\mbox{food}}=\frac{2.5}{1}. Plug in the values you know and you'll get:

    \mbox{liquor sales}=2.5 \cdot 50.000 $ =125.000 $.

    Greetings

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    your right earboth, I should have read the instructions more carefully.
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