Posted by **Kiki** on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:27pm.

Proportion practice:

"Fancy factory has 300 employees with a 3 to 7 ratio of men to women. How many men work there?"

I've been working on this forever. And I can't figure out what to do. DX uarrghhh. Help?

- Employees -
**Ms. Sue**, Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:30pm
You could set up a proportion:

7/10 = x/300

10x = 2100

x = 210

- Employees -
**E.G.**, Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:32pm
if you mean there are 3 men to 7 women, then the answer is 90 men to 210 women.

- Employees -
**E.G.**, Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:35pm
if you mean there are 3 women to 7 men, then it's 210 men and 90 women.

- Employees -
**Kiki**, Monday, November 17, 2008 at 9:53pm
But how did you get E.G? that I'm sorry but I don't understand. [hitshead]

- Employees -
**Kiki**, Monday, November 17, 2008 at 10:00pm
Ms. Sue, how did you get 7/10, when there is 7:3 women to men? (confused)

- Employees -
**E.G.**, Monday, November 17, 2008 at 10:23pm
I'm afraid my system is very primitive.

What I did is add 3+7 = 10

then I divided 300 by 10 = 30

then I multiplied 3 x 30 = 90

and 7x30 = 210

I am certain that Ms. Sue can explain that a lot better and much more professional that I can.

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