Ratio and proportion topic throws us some really beautiful and hard questions. Let us discuss a few questions.

If 30 men working 7 hours a day can make 12 tables in 18 days, how many days will 45 women working 9 hours a day take to make 32 chairs? Given, 4 men can make 3 tables in the same time as 3 women can make 4 chairs.

a. 12 days

b. 14 days

c. 28 days

d. 21 days

Explanation:

We cannot directly apply chain rule here as work is different in both cases as well as on the first job men are working and on the second women are working.

We first try to estimate the total work done by men in terms of tables, and total work done by women in terms of chairs also, we compare the works of men and women by using the last clue. Take, women worked for

30 men in 126 ( = 7 × 18) hours make 12 tables and 45 women in

Let the assume 1 man capacity in 1 hour =

Therefore,

30

45

(1) ÷ (2),

\(\dfrac{{30m}}{{45w}} \times \dfrac{{126}}{{9d}} = \dfrac{{12t}}{{32c}}\) - - - (3)

Given, 4 men can make 3 tables in the same time as 3 women can make 4 chairs. Let us assume the time to complete these jobs =

4

3

(4) ÷ (5), \(\dfrac{{4m}}{{3w}} = \dfrac{{3t}}{{4c}}\)

\( \Rightarrow \dfrac{m}{w} = \dfrac{{9t}}{{16c}}\)

Substituting the above value in equation (3),

\(\dfrac{{30}}{{45}} \times \dfrac{{9t}}{{16c}} \times \dfrac{{126}}{{9d}} = \dfrac{{12t}}{{32c}}\)

Interestingly, \(\dfrac{t}{c}\) gets cancelled out.

\(d = \dfrac{{32}}{{12}} \times \dfrac{{30}}{{45}} \times \dfrac{9}{{16}} \times \dfrac{{126}}{9}\) = 14

Correct option is

A wheel named "A" with 16 cogs is meshed with another wheel B with 24 cogs which in turn meshed with another wheel "C" with 8 cogs. If wheel 'A' makes 100 revolutions, how many revolutions will wheel "C" make?

The number of revolutions made by the gears are inversely proportional to the number of cogs. The ratio of A and B = 16 : 24. So the number of revolutions are 24 : 16

Similarly, the gears ratio of B and C = 24 : 8. So the number of revolutions = 8 : 24 = 16 : 48

Therefore, If gear A makes 24 revolutions, gear C makes 48

For 1 revolution of A, Gear C makes 2

For 100 revolutions of A, gear C makes 200.

A box contains Red, Green and Blue balls. The ratio of the number of red balls to green balls equals to the ratio of the number of Green balls to Blue balls. If the total balls are 61 then find the number of green balls.

We generally attempt to solve this question like this. Given, \(R : G = G : B\)

So \({G^2} = RB\)

Also R + G + B = 61

How do we solve the above two equations?

Instead of taking three variables, we try to solve this by taking only x, y.

Let us assume the ratio of Red to Green = \(x:y\) = \(\left( {x:y} \right) \times x = {x^2}:xy\)

Given that Green to Blue = \(x:y\) = \(\left( {x:y} \right) \times y = xy:{y^2}\)

Now, Red : Green : Blue = \({x^2}:xy:{y^2}\)

Given, \(\left( {{x^2}:xy:{y^2}} \right)k = 61\)

61 is a prime number. So k = 1

Therefore, \({x^2} + xy + {y^2} = 61\)

add "xy" on both sides.

So \({x^2} + 2xy + {y^2} = 61 + xy\)

\({\left( {x + y} \right)^2} = 61 + xy\)

L.H.S is a perfect square. So take values of x, y and check 61 + xy is a perfect square or not.

By trial and error, for x = 4, y = 5,

\({\left( {4 + 5} \right)^2} = 61 + 20 = 81\)

Also, x = 5 and y = 4 also possible.

Therefore, number of Green balls = xy = 20.

Red and Blue are 16, 25 or 25, 16. So we cannot uniquely determine their number.

**Question 1:**If 30 men working 7 hours a day can make 12 tables in 18 days, how many days will 45 women working 9 hours a day take to make 32 chairs? Given, 4 men can make 3 tables in the same time as 3 women can make 4 chairs.

a. 12 days

b. 14 days

c. 28 days

d. 21 days

Explanation:

We cannot directly apply chain rule here as work is different in both cases as well as on the first job men are working and on the second women are working.

**How to think:**We first try to estimate the total work done by men in terms of tables, and total work done by women in terms of chairs also, we compare the works of men and women by using the last clue. Take, women worked for

*d*days to make 32 chairs.30 men in 126 ( = 7 × 18) hours make 12 tables and 45 women in

*9d*hours make 32 chairs.Let the assume 1 man capacity in 1 hour =

*m*units, and 1 woman capacity in 1 hour =*w*units, One table =*t*units, one chair =*c*units.Therefore,

30

*m*× 126 = 12*t*- - - (1)45

*w*× 9d = 32*c*- - - (2)(1) ÷ (2),

\(\dfrac{{30m}}{{45w}} \times \dfrac{{126}}{{9d}} = \dfrac{{12t}}{{32c}}\) - - - (3)

Given, 4 men can make 3 tables in the same time as 3 women can make 4 chairs. Let us assume the time to complete these jobs =

*z*hours4

*m*×z = 3t - - - (4)3

*w*×z = 4c - - - (5)(4) ÷ (5), \(\dfrac{{4m}}{{3w}} = \dfrac{{3t}}{{4c}}\)

\( \Rightarrow \dfrac{m}{w} = \dfrac{{9t}}{{16c}}\)

Substituting the above value in equation (3),

\(\dfrac{{30}}{{45}} \times \dfrac{{9t}}{{16c}} \times \dfrac{{126}}{{9d}} = \dfrac{{12t}}{{32c}}\)

Interestingly, \(\dfrac{t}{c}\) gets cancelled out.

\(d = \dfrac{{32}}{{12}} \times \dfrac{{30}}{{45}} \times \dfrac{9}{{16}} \times \dfrac{{126}}{9}\) = 14

Correct option is

**"B"****Question 2:**A wheel named "A" with 16 cogs is meshed with another wheel B with 24 cogs which in turn meshed with another wheel "C" with 8 cogs. If wheel 'A' makes 100 revolutions, how many revolutions will wheel "C" make?

**Explanation:**The number of revolutions made by the gears are inversely proportional to the number of cogs. The ratio of A and B = 16 : 24. So the number of revolutions are 24 : 16

Similarly, the gears ratio of B and C = 24 : 8. So the number of revolutions = 8 : 24 = 16 : 48

Therefore, If gear A makes 24 revolutions, gear C makes 48

For 1 revolution of A, Gear C makes 2

For 100 revolutions of A, gear C makes 200.

**Question 3:**A box contains Red, Green and Blue balls. The ratio of the number of red balls to green balls equals to the ratio of the number of Green balls to Blue balls. If the total balls are 61 then find the number of green balls.

**Explanation:**We generally attempt to solve this question like this. Given, \(R : G = G : B\)

So \({G^2} = RB\)

Also R + G + B = 61

How do we solve the above two equations?

**How to think:**Instead of taking three variables, we try to solve this by taking only x, y.

Let us assume the ratio of Red to Green = \(x:y\) = \(\left( {x:y} \right) \times x = {x^2}:xy\)

Given that Green to Blue = \(x:y\) = \(\left( {x:y} \right) \times y = xy:{y^2}\)

Now, Red : Green : Blue = \({x^2}:xy:{y^2}\)

Given, \(\left( {{x^2}:xy:{y^2}} \right)k = 61\)

61 is a prime number. So k = 1

Therefore, \({x^2} + xy + {y^2} = 61\)

add "xy" on both sides.

So \({x^2} + 2xy + {y^2} = 61 + xy\)

\({\left( {x + y} \right)^2} = 61 + xy\)

L.H.S is a perfect square. So take values of x, y and check 61 + xy is a perfect square or not.

By trial and error, for x = 4, y = 5,

\({\left( {4 + 5} \right)^2} = 61 + 20 = 81\)

Also, x = 5 and y = 4 also possible.

Therefore, number of Green balls = xy = 20.

Red and Blue are 16, 25 or 25, 16. So we cannot uniquely determine their number.