# Word Problem....ahhh

• Jan 25th 2006, 04:46 PM
CONFUSED_ONE
Word Problem....ahhh
A chemist at a university needs to mix a 25% ethanol solution with a 40%ethanol solution to obtain 120mL of a 30% ethanol solution. How much of each kind is needed?

okay yeah, the two equations i got out of this was
.25a+.40b=120--->25a+40b=12000
a+b=120(.30)---->a+b=36
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yeah? no objections??? okay.......
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yeah so i times the bottom equation by (-25) and that cancelled out the A's so i was left with
15b=11100
so i divided that out and got B=740... :eek:
i plugged that into the original equation and got A=(-704)

(-704)mL of 25% ethanol solution and 740 mL of 40% ethanol solution...
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
THAT CANT BE RIGHT! A NEGATIVE AMOUNT OF SOLUTION?
• Jan 25th 2006, 06:48 PM
ThePerfectHacker
Quote:

Originally Posted by CONFUSED_ONE
A chemist at a university needs to mix a 25% ethanol solution with a 40%ethanol solution to obtain 120mL of a 30% ethanol solution. How much of each kind is needed?

okay yeah, the two equations i got out of this was
.25a+.40b=120--->25a+40b=12000
a+b=120(.30)---->a+b=36
______________________________
yeah? no objections??? okay.......
______________________________>3
yeah so i times the bottom equation by (-25) and that cancelled out the A's so i was left with
15b=11100
so i divided that out and got B=740... :eek:
i plugged that into the original equation and got A=(-704)

(-704)mL of 25% ethanol solution and 740 mL of 40% ethanol solution...
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
THAT CANT BE RIGHT! A NEGATIVE AMOUNT OF SOLUTION?

I would say the equations should be
$\displaystyle x+y=120$
$\displaystyle .25x+.4y=.3(120)=36$
Thus,
$\displaystyle D=\left|\begin{array}{cc}1&1\\.25&.4\end{array}\ri ght|=.4-.25=.15$
$\displaystyle D_x=\left|\begin{array}{cc}120&1\\36&.4\end{array} \right|=12$
$\displaystyle D_y=\left|\begin{array}{cc}1&120\\.25&36\end{array }\right|=6$
Thus,
$\displaystyle x=\frac{D_x}{D}=12/.15=80$
$\displaystyle y=\frac{D_y}{D}=6/.15=40$
Q.E.D.

Note, I used determinants because I was practing my LaTeX coding for arrays of numbers. But apparently you made a mistake.
• Jan 25th 2006, 07:00 PM
CONFUSED_ONE
thank you for the help. could you point out to me what mistake i made?
• Jan 25th 2006, 11:25 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by CONFUSED_ONE
thank you for the help. could you point out to me what mistake i made?

Quote:

.25a+.40b=120--->25a+40b=12000
The RHS of the first of these equations should be $\displaystyle 0.3\times 120$ as you end with 120 ml of 30% solution.

RonL
• Jan 26th 2006, 03:26 AM