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# math question help! word problem?

Thirty-eight employees at High Tech Sales ride to work on the subway. This represents 2/5 of the employees. How many employees are there?

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If 2/5 of the employees equals 38, then divide 38 by two to find out what 1/5 of the employees equals out to (which is 19).

Then, multiply this number by 5 (the total portion of employees) and you get 95.

• 38=2/5(x) 38 equals 2/5 of the unknown

5/2x38=x move 2/5 ro the other side of the equal sign by reversing the fraction to 5/2 leaving the unknown by itself

(5x38)/2=X Multiply 38 times 5 and divide by 2

190/2= X

95=X

There are 95 employees

You can check this by dividing 95 by 5 to get 1/5 of the total or 19 and doubling it to get 38 or 2/5 of 95 and the original given number.

• 38/x=2/5 cross multiply 38 X 5 /2 = 95 total employees.

Check 2/5 X 95 = 38

• 1 Set up an equation 2/5x=38

2 solve for x by dividing by 2/5 x=95

• (2/5)X=38

Multiply both sides by 5 gives

2X=190

Divide both sides by 2 gives

X=95 employees

• 2/5 = 38/x

now cross-multiply

2x = 38*5

2x = 190

solve for x

x = 190/2

x=95

• You just muliply the problem and you will get 95

• Anonymous