# Alligation or Mixture Questions

**FACTS AND FORMULAE FOR ALLIGATION OR MIXTURE QUESTIONS**

**I. Alligation :** It is the rule that enables us to find the ratio in which two or more ingredients at the given price must be mixed to produce a mixture of a desired price.

**II. Mean Price :** The cost price of a unit quantity of the mixture is called the mean price.

**III. Rule of Alligation :** Suppose Rs.x per unit be the price of first ingradient mixed with another ingradient (cheaper) of price Rs.y per unit to form a mixture whose mean price is Rs. z per unit, then

Quantity of cheaper : Quantity of dearer

= ( C.P of dearer - Mean Price ) : ( Mean Price - C. P of cheaper )

= ( x- z ) : ( z - y )

**IV.** Suppose a container contains x units of liquid from which y units are taken out and replaced by water. After operations , the quantity of pure liquid = $x{\left(1-\frac{y}{x}\right)}^{n}$ units.

A) 18 litres | B) 24 litres |

C) 32 litres | D) 42 litres |

Explanation:

Let the quantity of the wine in the cask originally be x litres

Then, quantity of wine left in cask after 4 operations =$\left[x{\left(1-\frac{8}{x}\right)}^{4}\right]$litres

$\therefore \left[\frac{x{\left(1-{\displaystyle \frac{8}{x}}\right)}^{4}}{x}\right]=\frac{16}{81}$

$\Rightarrow {\left[1-\frac{8}{x}\right]}^{4}={\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)}^{4}$

$\Rightarrow x=24$

A) 400 kg | B) 560 kg |

C) 600 kg | D) 640 kg |

Explanation:

By the rule of alligation:

Profit of first part Profit of second part

So, ratio of 1st and 2nd parts = 4 : 6 = 2 : 3.

Therefore, Quantity of 2nd kind = (3/5 x 1000)kg = 600 kg.

A) Rs. 169.50 | B) Rs.1700 |

C) Rs. 175.50 | D) Rs. 180 |

Explanation:

Since first second varieties are mixed in equal proportions, so their average price = Rs.(126+135)/2= Rs.130.50

So, Now the mixture is formed by mixing two varieties, one at Rs. 130.50 per kg and the other at say Rs. 'x' per kg in the ratio 2 : 2, i.e., 1 : 1. We have to find 'x'.

Cost of 1 kg tea of 1st kind Cost of 1 kg tea of 2nd kind

x-153/22.50 = 1 => x - 153 = 22.50 => x=175.50.

Hence, price of the third variety = Rs.175.50 per kg.

A) 36 Kg | B) 42 Kg |

C) 54 Kg | D) 63 Kg |

Explanation:

By the rule of alligation:

C.P. of 1 kg sugar of 1st kind C.P. of 1 kg sugar of 2nd kind

Therefore, Ratio of quantities of 1st and 2nd kind = 14 : 6 = 7 : 3.

Let *x* kg of sugar of 1st kind be mixed with 27 kg of 2nd kind.

Then, 7 : 3 = *x* : 27 or *x* = (7 x 27 / 3) = 63 kg.

A) Rs. 19.50 | B) Rs. 19 |

C) Rs. 18 | D) Rs. 18.50 |

Explanation:

Let the price of the mixed variety be Rs. x per kg. By the rule of alligation, we have :

Cost of 1 kg of type 1 rice Cost of 1 kg of type 2 rice

$\therefore $(20-x)/(x-15) = 2/3

$\Rightarrow $ 60 - 3x = 2x - 30

$\Rightarrow $ x = 18.

A) 10 | B) 20 |

C) 21 | D) 25 |

Explanation:

Suppose the can initially contains 7x and 5x litres of mixtures A and B respectively

Quantity of A in mixture left =$\left(7x-\frac{7}{12}\times 9\right)=\left(7x-\frac{21}{4}\right)$ litres.

Quantity of B in mixture left = $\left(5x-\frac{5}{12}\times 9\right)=\left(5x-\frac{15}{4}\right)$litres.

$\frac{\left(7x-{\displaystyle \frac{21}{4}}\right)}{\left(5x-{\displaystyle \frac{15}{4}}\right)+9}=\frac{7}{9}$

$\Rightarrow \frac{28x-21}{20x+21}=\frac{7}{9}$

$\Rightarrow x=3$

So, the can contained 21 litres of A.

A) 1:3 | B) 2:3 |

C) 3:4 | D) 4:5 |

Explanation:

By the rule of alligation:

Cost of 1 kg rice of 1st kind Cost of 1 kg rice of 2nd kind

Required ratio = 60 : 90 = 2 : 3