# Mathis Home work

(6 Posts)
Taz786 Mon 19-Aug-19 14:38:35

Hi,

Can anybody help a father who is not very good at maths with the following questions;

40 children in Year 5 chose their favourite breakfast from banana porridge or yogurt and fruit.

The result showed a ratio of 3:5 with most children choosing yogurt and fruit.

How many children preferred banana porridge?

According to me 3:5 of 40 is 24 which means 40 = 24 = 16.
The answer however is 15 so I am not sure why.

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TheFutureIs Mon 19-Aug-19 14:42:53

40 children in total, ratio totals 8.

So 40/8 =5

5 x 3 = 15

MindyStClaire Mon 19-Aug-19 14:43:15

3:5 isn't three fifths, it's three people choosing banana for every five choosing yoghurt.

This means that if we have 8 people, 3 will choose porridge and 5 yoghurt. So, divide 40 by 8 (3+5) to get 5.

3 x 5 = 15 choose porridge
5 x 5 = 25 choose yoghurt

The ratio of porridge : yoghurt is 15:25. Divide both by 5 and you get 3:5 as needed.

Does that make sense?

Lulualla Mon 19-Aug-19 14:45:19

What they said!

You take the number of people and divide by the total of the ratio. Then multiply that by each side of the ratio.

Taz786 Tue 20-Aug-19 15:31:54

OMG, I feel so silly. Thank you so much

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