Posted by **hannah** on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:05am.

mary has a solution that is 60% alcohol and another that is 20% alcohol. how much of each should she use to make 100 milliliters of a solution that is 52% alcohol?

please help, I don't understand how to do this problem!

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**drwls**, Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 12:04pm
Let's say Mary used X ml of the 60% solution and Y ml of the 20% solution. You have two requirements:

X + Y = 100 (the total amount needed), and

0.6X + 0.2Y = 52 (the amount of a alcohol in the final mixture)

Solve those two equations in two unknowns. One way to do that would be to substitute 100 - X for Y in the second equation.

0.6X + 20 -0.2X = 52

0.4X = 32

etc

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