Carcass wrote:
Bouquets are to be made using white tulips and red tulips, and the ratio of the number of white tulips to the number of red tulips is to be the same in each bouquet. If there are 15 white tulips and 85 red tulips available for the bouquets, what is the greatest number of bouquets that can be made using all the tulips available?
A. 3
B. 5
C. 8
D. 10
E. 13
Let's use some
prime factorization...We have
15 white tulips and
85 red tulips15 = (3)(5)85 = (5)(17)So, for the
white tulips, we can create 5 groups of 3 flowers
So, for the
red tulips, we can create 5 groups of 17 flowers
This means we can create 5 BOUQUETS in which each bouquet has 3 red tulips and 17 white tulips
In other words, the ratio of red tulips to white tulips is the same for each bouquet (
3 :
17).
Answer: B