SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 755: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 755

5. In the 2014 season, the Bombers baseball team had a win-to-loss ratio of 5:3, with no game ending in a tie. If the Bombers played 120 total games in 2014, how many games did they lose?

  • A. 24
  • B. 36
  • C. 45
  • D. 72

Correct Answer: C



Algebra (ratios) EASY

The win-to-loss ratio of 5:3 is a "part-to-part" ratio, so we can represent each part as a fraction of the whole. We can do this by simply adding 3 + 5 = 8 (the "whole") and dividing by that total. This gives us a ratio of Images, which means that the Bombers won Images of their games and lost Images of them. Since they played a total of 120 games, they won Images games and lost Images games.

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