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# Quick Algebra Question (would like steps with an answer please?)

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I have a bag of marbles, where each marble is pink or yellow. The ratio of pink marbles to yellow marbles is 3:5.  If there are total of 72 marbles in the bag, how many are pink?

Oct 11, 2018

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We have 3x+5x=72, 8x=72, x=9 marbles. Since pink is 3x, we have 3*9=27 marbles.

Oct 11, 2018
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Let the number of pink marbles  =  p

Let the number of yellow marbles  =  y

The ratio of pink marbles to yellow marbles is 3:5 . This means...

the number of pink marbles / the number of yellow marbles  =  3 / 5

p / y  =  3 / 5

There are a total of 72 marbles in the bag. So...

the number of pink marbles  +  the number of yellow marbles  =  72

p + y  =  72

y  =  72 - p

Now we can use this value of  y  in the first equation and solve for  p .

p / (72 - p)  =  3 / 5

Multiply both sides of the equation by  5 .

5p / (72 - p)  =  3

Multiply both sides by  (72 - p)

5p  =  3(72 - p)

5p  =  216 - 3p

Add  3p  to both sides.

8p  =  216

Divide both sides by  8 .

p  =  27

the number of pink marbles  =  27

Oct 11, 2018
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$$\dfrac{p}{y} = \dfrac{3}{5} \Rightarrow p=\dfrac{3}{3+5}72,~y = \dfrac{5}{3+5}72\\ p=3\cdot 9 = 27,~y = 5\cdot 9 = 45$$

Rom  Oct 11, 2018