GreenlightTestPrep wrote:

A satellite is composed of 30 modular units, each of which is equipped with a set of sensors, some of which have been upgraded. Each unit contains the same number of non-upgraded sensors. If the number of non-upgraded sensors on one unit is 1/5 the total number of upgraded sensors on the entire satellite, what fraction of the sensors on the satellite have been upgraded?

A)5/6

B)1/5

C)1/6

D)1/7

E)1/2

A student asked me to add some graphics to my solution, so......

A satellite is composed of 30 modular units, each of which is equipped with a set of sensors, some of which have been upgraded. Each unit contains the same number of non-upgraded sensors.So, here's a sketch of 30 modular units.

The circles inside each unit represent sensors. The circles with

black centers represent NON-upgraded sensors, and the empty

red circles represent upgraded sensors.

For my sketch, I placed ONE NON-upgraded sensor in each of the 30 modular units (since we're told that

each unit contains the same number of non-upgraded sensors)

The number of non-upgraded sensors on ONE UNIT is 1/5 the total number of upgraded sensors on the ENTIRE satelliteThis tells us that there aren't many upgraded sensors among the satellite's 30 modular units

So, let's REDRAW the diagram to start with

1 NON-upgraded sensor in each of the 30 modular units

Okay, so if there's

1 NON-upgraded sensor in EACH of the 30 modular units, then there is a TOTAL of 5 UPgraded sensors on the ENTIRE satellite.

So, let's add

5 UPgraded sensors to our diagram to get:

At this point, our diagram meets all of the conditions in the question.

What fraction of the sensors on the satellite have been upgraded? We can see that we have a total of 35 sensors, and

5 of them are upgraded.

So, the fraction =

5/35 = 1/7

Answer: D

Cheers,

Brent

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