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Ratios question (1 Viewer)


Dec 29, 2016
A 250-millilitre drink bottle of cordial is made by mixing 4 parts of cordial to 1 part of water. Jacob drinks 100 mL of the drink bottle consisting of the cordial and water mixture and thinks it is too strong. So he fills the bottle back up with 100 mL of pure water.

  • How much cordial is in the drink bottle now?
  • What fraction of the drink bottle is cordial?

Is the answer below correct?

a) 96mL
b) 48/125


Mar 11, 2004
the answer that you have given is incorrect for part (a). If the bottle was originally 4:1 in undiluted cordial to water, then the amount of the undiluted cordial was initially four-fifths of 250 mL (and thus 200 mL) and so, after 100 mL of mixture is drunk, there must be more than 100 mL of undiluted cordial remaining. So, (a) can't be 96 mL. However, the answer given to be is the answer that follows from (a) had (a) been correct, so the second part of the answer is an error carried forward and thus should gain credit for part (b) in an exam situation.

--- Full answer ---

The 250 mL of mixed cordial in the bottle has a ratio of unmixed cordial to water of 4:1. He drinks 100 mL of the mixed cordial, so after that there is 150 mL of mixed cordial left, still in the 4:1 ratio. So, in that 150 mL, there are


You could check this is accurate by applying the 4:1 ratio to the original 250 mL of mixed cordial to find that it was 200 mL of undiluted cordial and 50 mL of water. The same ratio applied to the 100 mL that was drunk shows that this consumed amount consisted of 80 mL of undiluted cordial and 20 mL of water. Hence, the amount remaining is 150 mL made up of 200 - 80 = 120 mL of undiluted cordial and 50 - 20 = 30 mL of water.

He now adds 100 mL of water to the bottle, refilling it to a 250 mL total volume, with the volume of undiluted cordial still 120 mL but the water having increased from 30 mL to 30 + 100 = 130 mL.

So, the amount of undiluted cordial in the drink bottle after the water is added is 120 mL (the answer to the first part) while the fraction of the drink bottle that is cordial has decreased from four-fifths to

Though it was not requested, the ratio of undiluted cordial to water (which was 4:1 initially) has decreased to


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