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Question Stats: 57% (00:52) correct 42% (02:06) wrong based on 14 sessions
If $$b=\frac{4a}{c}$$ , a is halved, and c is doubled, by what percentage will b decrease?
A. 4%
B. 25%
C. 50%
D. 75%
E. 100%

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If $$b=\frac{4a}{c}$$ , a is halved, and c is doubled, by what percentage will b decrease?
A. 4%
B. 25%
C. 50%
D. 75%
E. 100%

Here let take a=10 , c= 2 (for easy calculation we want to keep the value of b as integer and not fraction)

so b =$$\frac{(4 * 10)}{(2)}$$

or b= 20

Now a is halved = $$\frac{10}{2}$$ = 5

and c is doubled = 2+2 = 4

Now b= $$\frac{(4 * 5)}{(4)}$$ = 5

Therefore percentage decrease = $$\frac{(5-20)}{20}* 100$$ = -75% i.e decrease
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Re: If b= , a is halved, and c is doubled, by what percentage wi [#permalink]
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Explanation

Try plugging in values for a and c. Let a = 6 and c = 2.

Then b= =3. If a is halved, equal it will 3. If c is doubled, it will equal 4. So now, b= =3.

Because the question is looking for a percentage decrease, apply the percentage change formula:

$$\frac{12-3}{12}\times 100=\frac{9}{12}\times 100=75%$$.
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