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In a store window, there was a box of berries having a total weight of 200 kg.  The berries were 99% water, by weight.  After two days in the sun, the water content of the berries was only 90%, by weight.  What was the total weight of the berries after two days, in kg?

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In a store window, there was a box of berries having a total weight of 200 kg.  The berries were 99% water, by weight.  After two days in the sun, the water content of the berries was only 90%, by weight.  What was the total weight of the berries after two days, in kg?

You're starting with 200 kg of berries, and 99% of that is water.

Since they're 99% water, that means the other 1% is solid stuff.

1% of 200 kg means that there are 2 kg of solid stuff.

Some of the water evaporates in the sun, but the solid stuff doesn't.

After evaporation of some water, there's still the same 2 kg of solid stuff.

Since the new water content is 90%, that means that now the solid stuff is 10%.

So 2 kg (the solid stuff) is 10% of the total weight.

That means the new total weight is 20 kg.

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Jul 5, 2023