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You can read the posting on **Sarin and his coin bank** for the story of coin bank.

Read the posting on **Sarin learns concept of ratio in school** to understand Ratio.

Read also the posting on **Sarin learns the concept of Fraction (mathematics concept)** to understand Fraction.

Read the posting on **Sarin learns Average Number, Percentage and and Charting in school (Math Concept)**** **to understand the concept of Percentage**.**

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**Upper primary school mathematics question UPQ484**

At first, 25% of Sarin’s money in his coin bank was the same as 1/3 of Hairu’s money in his coin bank. Father gave Hairu another $80 while Sarin spent $150 on some books. In the end, Hairu had 2 ½ times as much money in his coin bank as Sarin had in his coin bank.

(a) How much money did Sarin have in his coin bank at first?

(b) How much money did Hairu have in his coin bank in the end?

Solution:

25% of Sarin’s money was same as 1/3 of Hairu’s money

25% ==> ¼ of a whole

The initial model

Hairu had 2 ½ times more than Sarin, after Hairu received $80 from father and Sarin spent $150

The math model for in the end,

From the model,

2 units = 4U – 150 ==> 10 units = 20U – 750

5 units = 3U + 80 ==> 10 units = 6U + 160

20U – 750 = 6U + 160

14U = 910

1U = 65

The amount of money in Sarin’s coin bank at first = 4 × 65 = $260

The amount of money in Hairu’s coin bank in the end = 3 × 65 + 80 = $275

**Alternative solution:**

25% of Sarin’s money was same as 1/3 of Hairu’s money

25% ==> ¼ of a whole

The ratio at first,

Sarin’s money : Hairu’s money = 4 : 3

Sarin spent $150 on books and Hairu got $80 from father

Sarin’s money : Hairu’s money = (4U – 150) : (3U + 80)

Hairu’s money was 2 ½ times of Sarin’s money in the end

The final ratio,

Sarin’s money : Hairu’s money = 1 : 2.5 = 10 : 25 = 2 : 5

1 unit ==> (4U – 150)/2 = 2U – 75

1 unit ==> (3U + 80)/5

2U – 75 = (3U + 80)/5

5 × (2U – 75) = 3U + 80

10U – 375 = 3U + 80

7U = 375 + 80 = 455

1U = 65

The amount of money in Sarin’s coin bank at first = 4 × 65 = $260

The amount of money in Hairu’s coin bank in the end = 3 × 65 + 80 = $275