# Watermelon in the sun math riddle

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There is a 100 pound watermelon laying out in the sun. 89 percent of the watermelon’s weight is water. After laying out for a few hours 88 percent of the watermelon’s weight is water.

How much water evaporated?

SherlockHolmes Expert Asked on 7th December 2016 in

8.33 lbs of water evaporated

(89-x) = (100-x)*.88
89-x = 88-.88x
1-x = -.88x
1=.12x
x=8.33

Where:
89-x = water loss
100-x = watermelon loss
.88 = new ratio

100-8.33=91.67 lbs (new watermelon weight)
89-8.33= 80.67 lbs (new water weight)

80.67/91.67 = 88%

callisda Scholar Answered on 8th December 2016.

1 pound of water evaporated. If the watermelon ways 100 pounds 89% would be 89 pounds.

But that would leave the watermelon at 99lbs and 88/99 isn’t 88%

on 8th December 2016.

11*(100/12)=91.6 gm

SuyogBakliwal Scholar Answered on 7th December 2016.

Almost there, but you answered the wrong question. It didn’t ask how much the watermelon weighs now, but how much water evaporated, which, by assumption, it wants that in pounds as that is the only unit of measurement given in the question.

on 8th December 2016.

Perhaps none of the water evaporated but instead 1% of the water was converted into the mass of the watermelon by the sun’s energy

cryscokidd Starter Answered on 8th December 2016.

After thinking about this a little more… The watermelon grew in size/weight potentially altering the weight in water ratio

on 8th December 2016.

Initial weight of non water content is 11 lbs.
Let X be the water wt. after losing water then

X/(11+X)=0.88
Solving this gives X=80.66

So lost water is 89-80.66
i.e. 8.33lbs

vipunita15 Guru Answered on 16th January 2017.

Simplified answer because of the way the question was worded would be 1 % of the water evaporated. This answer would suffice as it did not ask for how much the water weighed, it simply asked, ” How much water evaporated ?”.

petey119 Starter Answered on 8th December 2016.

Even in percentage terms, 1% would not be correct. Remember, percentages are relative so if dividend is not kept constant, then percentage will change. The first answer 8.33 is correct. That is equal to 9.3% of 89 lbs of water lost.

on 9th December 2016.

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