CAT 1991 Question 42

Question 42

In Sivakasi, each boy's quota of match sticks to fill into boxes is not more than 200 per session. If he reduces the number of sticks per box by 25, he can fill 3 more boxes with the total number of sticks assigned to him. Which of the following is the possible number of sticks assigned to each boy?

Solution

Let the number of sticks assigned to each boy be N.

Let the number of boxes be M.

So, number of sticks per box = N/M

Now, if he reduces the number of sticks in each box, the equation becomes N/(M+3) = N/M - 25

So, 25 = N/M - N/(M+3)

From the options, if N = 150, then, we get 25 = 150 [ 1/M - 1/(M+3) ]

=> 1/6 = 1/M - 1/(M+3) => M = 3

So, the number of sticks assigned to each boy = 150



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