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to identical jars are filled with equal amount of marbles. the marbles are coloured red or white. the ratio of red to white marblesis 7:1 in jar 1 and 9:1 in jar 2 if there are 90 marbles altogether, determin the number of red marbles in jar 2.

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    let the number of white marbles in the first jar be x
    then the number of red marbles in the first jar is 7x
    total in jar 1 is 8x

    let the number of white marbles in jar 2 be y
    then the number of red marbles in jar 2 is 9y
    total in jar 2 is 10y

    but 8x = 10y
    x = (5/4)y

    also 8x + 10y = 90
    8(5/4)y + 10y = 90
    10y + 10y = 90
    y = 4.5

    but both x and y must be whole numbers,
    Your question is flawed.

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    sorry the total of white marbles is 90

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