Posted by **Da S** on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 9:00am.

Mr Lim put some red pens and blue pens into a box.The ratio of the number of red pens to the number of blue pens was 3:4.

He added 20 red pens into the box and the ratio became 2:1.

a. were there more red pens or blue pens in the box at the end?

b. how many red pens were there in the end?

c. how many blue pens were there?

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**Steve**, Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:50am
well, since the ratio r:b = 2:1 I'd say there were more r's...

(r+20)/b = 2/1

r/b = 3/4

so, b = 4/3 r

(r+20)/(4/3 r) = 2

r+20 = 8/3 r

5/3 r = 20

r = 12

so, there were 32 reds at the end

there were 4/3*12 = 16 blue pens. Note that 16 = 32/2 as well.

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