# Pharmacy Tech Math - Alligation tutorial

Alligation math is a little known short-cut used by pharmacy techs and pharmacy students. It's also known popularly in pharmacy tech school as tic-tac-toe math.

Here's the next steps in how to work an alligation:

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# Step #4

So, now the amounts of the differences you found become the "Parts" of the % directly across the grid from it.

 → Parts of the 3% → Parts of the 1%

# Step #5

 On your paper, write Parts of  ___%Then,Add up the total "Parts"

# Step #6

Now, take a look back at the question and look for the total volume needed.

 On your paper, to the left of number of parts, write the needed volumeThen,A division sign

# Step #7

 Do the Math:Now, you've divided the final solution volume into "Parts".In this case, there's 125mL per part.

# Step #8

 Now, go back up to the "parts" and write the volume per part. The Answer:The question asked how much 3% to use. So, that's :1 part X 125mL = 125mL of the 3%

# Here's what your paper should look like when done

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Alligation Math II - additional explanation

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