A trader sells 10 litres of a mixture of paints A and B, where the amount of B in the mixture does not exceed that of A. The cost of paint A per litre is Rs. 8 more than that of paint B. If the trader sells the entire mixture for Rs. 264 and makes a profit of 10%, then the highest possible cost of paint B, in Rs. per litre, is
Let the price of paint B be x.
Price of paint A = x+8
We know that the amount of paint B in the mixture does not exceed the amount of paint A. Therefore, paint B can at the maximum compose 50% of the mixture.
The seller sells 10 litres of paint at Rs.264 earning a profit of 10%.
=> The cost price of 10 litres of the paint mixture = Rs. 240
Therefore, the cost of 1 litre of the mixture = Rs.24
We have to find the highest possible cost of paint B.
When we increase the cost of paint B, the cost of paint A will increase too. If the cost price of the mixture is closer to the cost of paint B, then the amount of paint B present in the mixture should be greater than the amount of paint A present in the mixture.
The highest possible cost of paint B will be obtained when the volumes of paint A and paint B in the mixture are equal.
=> (x+x+8)/2 = 24
2x = 40
x = Rs. 20
Therefore, option C is the right answer.