Word Problem Wednesday: Apples and Oranges

By Mathnasium | Added Jun 28, 2017


Hey math fans, we have an a-peel-ing challenge for you this week! They say you can’t compare apples and oranges, but learning with them is a very fruitful endeavor! Give this week’s word problem a try, and check below for the solution!

The ratio of apples to oranges in a box is 7:18. What is the percent chance that a fruit drawn at random from the box will be an orange?

Are you ready for the solution yet? Orange you glad you gave it a try? Check below to see how you did!

Solution: There are 7 + 18 = 25 fruits in the box. Since 18 out of 25 fruits are oranges and a percentage is out of 100, we can multiply 18 and 25 each by 4 to find the number of fruits out of 100 that are oranges. 18 × 4 = 72, so 72% of the fruits are oranges. If one is chosen at random, then the percent chance that it’ll be an orange is 72%.

(Image above by Michael Johnson.)