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**Upper primary school mathematics question UPQ428**

The ratio of Hairu’s money to Sarin’s money in their coin banks was 3 : 4 at first. After Hairu gave Sarin $24, the ratio of Hairu’s money to Sarin’s money became 1 : 2. What was the total amount of money they had altogether?

Solution:

The initial ratio of their money

Hairu : Sarin = 3 : 4 and After Hairu gave Sarin $24, the ratio = 1 : 2

From the ratio model

1 unit = 24 + 12 = $36

Total = 7 × 36 = $252

Alternative Solution(1):

By using ratio

The total amount no change

Initial ratio,

Hairu : Sarin : Total = 3 : 4 : 7 = 9 : 12 : 21

The final ratio,

Hairu : Sarin : Total = 1 : 2 : 3 = 7 : 14 : 21

The amount given by Hairu to Sarin in term of units = 9 – 7 = 2

2 units = 24

1 unit = 12

The total of money they have in their coin banks = 21 × 12 = $252

Alternative Solution(2):

The final ratio,

Hairu : Sarin = 1 : 2

Add back $24 to Hairu and deduct $24 from Sarin to get to initial ratio

The initial ratio,

Hairu : Sarin = (1U + 24) : (2U – 24) = 3 : 4

Therefore,

4 × (1U + 24) = 3 × (2U – 24)

4U + 96 = 6U – 72

2U = 168

1U = 84

The total amount no change and in term of units = 1U + 2U = 3U

The total amount of their money in their coin banks = 3 × 84 = $252