How to Solve Word Problems Involving Ratio Part 4

By | September 19, 2015

This is the fourth and the last part of the solving problems involving ratio series. In this post, we are going to solve another ratio word problem.

Problem

The ratio of two numbers 1:3. Their difference is 36. What is the larger number?

Solution and Explanation

Let x be the smaller number and 3x be the larger number.

3x – x = 36
2x = 36
x = 18

So, the smaller number is 18 and the larger number is 3(18) = 54.

Check:

The ratio of 18:54 is 1:3? Yes, 3 times 18 equals 54.
Is their difference 36? Yes, 54 – 18 = 36.

Therefore, we are correct.

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