anonymous
  • anonymous
A total of 120,000 votes were cast for 2 opposing candidates, Garcia and Pérez. If Garcia won by a ratio of 5 to 3, what was the number of votes cast for Pérez?
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Sepeario
  • Sepeario
Essentially you want to convert the ratios into fractions. If Garcia won by a ratio of 5:3, then he must have won 5/8 of the total candidates. (because 5+3=8)
Sepeario
  • Sepeario
Then Perez must have won 3/8 of the candidates. Let's make a variable x to find his number of candidates. \[3/8=x/120000\]
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  • Sepeario
Can you simplify that and solve for x?

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anonymous
  • anonymous
I'm confused on the changing fractions to ratios
anonymous
  • anonymous
@minisweet4 Instructions Write the numerator of the fraction. Write a colon (":"). Write the denominator of the fraction. Rewrite the numerator, colon and denominator in simplified terms if necessary. For example, if you have the fraction 5/10, you can convert this to the ratio of 5:10. You can then divide both numbers by 5 to get a simplified ratio of 1:2. The ratio can also be written as "1 to 2." Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8430467_convert-fraction-ratio.html
anonymous
  • anonymous
I have the ratio 5:3 then I change it into the fraction 5/3 then what?
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anonymous
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im not sure of the rest of the equation sorry-_-

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