1. PF Contest - Win "Conquering the Physics GRE" book! Click Here to Enter
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Ratio and proportion

  1. Feb 15, 2014 #1


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A man and a women share a sum of money in the ratio 3:2. If the sum of money is doubled ,in what ratio should they divide it so that the man still receives the same amount?

    Just a gr.8 problem.Forgive me!

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    What I couldn't do is the algebra way.Can someone do it the algebra way?
    This is what I did:


    So I just made ##x##, 100 and ##2x## is 200,obviously.
    so I found the z which is 1.5
    Then: ##x## is something else here.
    1.5 ---> 60
    x ---> 200-60(140)
    So ratio is ##1.5:3.5##
    Which can also be written as ##3:7##
    I got the answer.But I want to do it the right way.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2014
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 15, 2014 #2
    I cannot follow your solution. I would start by introducing the following variables: x, y, z: man's money, woman's money, sum - all before doubling. X, Y, Z - ditto, after doubling. Then write equations relating all those.
  4. Feb 15, 2014 #3
    A more systematic way can be :

    Let S denote the sum and 'x' be the constant of proportionality .Then the amount man and woman have is 3x and 2x respectively .

    3x + 2x = S

    When the amount is doubled ,man still receives the same amount 3x .Let woman receive 'y' amount .

    3x+y = 2S

    Substituting the value of S from first equation into second will give you 'y' . That will give you the new ratio .
  5. Feb 15, 2014 #4


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    How do we know the value of S?It can be any sum
  6. Feb 15, 2014 #5
    You are required to find the new ratio , not S .

    Nevertheless , S doesn't have a unique value.
  7. Feb 15, 2014 #6


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    So what do you mean by substituting the value of S?Does that mean using any number or substituting 3x+2x?
    Sorry I am a bit off because of the Chemistry test tomorrow.
  8. Feb 15, 2014 #7


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    Yes. Tanya meant "substitute the expression for S".
  9. Feb 15, 2014 #8


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    I would just do it like this:

    Let the initial sum be 5x. The man gets 3x, the woman 2x.

    The sum is doubled, so now 10x. The man still gets 3x and the woman 7x.

    So, the new ratio is 3:7
  10. Feb 15, 2014 #9


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    I wouldn't have bothered with the "x"! Ratio is 3:2 so use 3+ 2= 5. Doubling that gives 10 and the man still gets 3 so the woman gets 10- 3= 7. Ration 3:7.
  11. Feb 15, 2014 #10
    Yes. Substitute S=5x from the first eq into the second one. You will get the value of 'y' .

    All the Best !
  12. Feb 16, 2014 #11


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Thank you everyone,Tanya.
    HallsofIvy,that's a clever idea.
  13. Feb 16, 2014 #12


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    That doubles the ration not the sum.That was the problem.
    However,this approach is also correct.Can you explain a bit?
  14. Feb 16, 2014 #13


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Halls is picking a particular example that solves the problem. 3+2=5 divides 5 in the ratio of 3:2. If you double the 5 and leave 3 fixed then you get 3+?=10. Solving for ? gives you 7. You could also put the x's back in if you don't want to work with a particular example, as PeroK did, 3x+2x=5x. Doubling the total and leaving the 3x fixed gives you 3x+?=10x. So ? is 7x. Same thing.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  15. Feb 16, 2014 #14


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Thank you.It's clear now
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted

Similar Threads - Ratio proportion Date
Ratio WOrd Problem Jan 20, 2018
Ratio proportion problem Jan 17, 2012
Ratios and Proportions Sep 16, 2010
Ratio and proportion - HEEEEELLLLPP! May 20, 2009
Question about ratios, proportions and percents Jan 2, 2007