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Three business partners, Q, R, and S, agree to divide their total profit for a certain year in the ratios: 2 : 5 : 8, respectively. If Q's share was 4,000, what was the total profit of the business partners for the year?

My Reasoning:

1. The variables listed represent 3 people.

2. The word ratio means that there are fractions involved.

My problem is making enough sense of the words

to help me set up the proper equation. I know that Q's share is 4000. No share data has been given for R and S.

I decided to let x be the total profit that we need to find. I came up with the equation 2x + 5x + 8x = 4000. If this equation is incorrect, why is it wrong?

My Reasoning:

1. The variables listed represent 3 people.

2. The word ratio means that there are fractions involved.

My problem is making enough sense of the words

to help me set up the proper equation. I know that Q's share is 4000. No share data has been given for R and S.

I decided to let x be the total profit that we need to find. I came up with the equation 2x + 5x + 8x = 4000. If this equation is incorrect, why is it wrong?

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