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At the middle school dance half of the people in the gym left one third of the remaining people danced the macarena there were 18 people not dancing how many people were originally in the room?

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2010-04-07 21:32:21

After half the people left, there were 54 in the room, of whom

18 danced. There were originally 108 people in the room.

No, in a word problem it is very important to READ CAREFULLY! Of

course, some punctuation in the problem would have helped! But

there were 18 people NOT dancing. So to find the number of people

remaining in the room:

2/3 of the remaining people = 18, so 1/3 of the remaining people

= 9, (1/3 is half of 2/3)

So then 2/3 + 1/3 = total number of people remaining in the

room: 18 + 9 = 27, which is half the original number.

So 27 + 27 = 54, which is the number of people originally in the


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