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A qualified worker digs a well in 5 hours. He invites 2 apprentices, both capable of working 3/4 as fast and 2 trainees both working 1/5 as fast as he. If the five-person team digs the same well, how much time does the team need to finish the job?

I must be totally blind! I do not see how you can get 1.4 hours out of 50/29.

Here's how I see it: each hour 29/50 of the job is completed, therefore after the first hour, 29/50 is complete and 21/50 is still remaining to be completed. 21/50 is just slightly less than 29/50, which is inline with the 1.7 that Juaz got.

I must be totally blind! I do not see how you can get 1.4 hours out of 50/29.

Here's how I see it: each hour 29/50 of the job is completed, therefore after the first hour, 29/50 is complete and 21/50 is still remaining to be completed. 21/50 is just slightly less than 29/50, which is inline with the 1.7 that Juaz got.

Hey guys can someone please explain to me the explanation below?? Its late and i just dont understand how 50/29 = 1:44 ???

A qualified worker digs a well in 5 hours. He invites 2 apprentices, both capable of working 3/4 as fast and 2 trainees both working 1/5 as fast as he. If the five-person team digs the same well, how much time does the team need to finish the job?

* 1:24 * 1:34 * 1:44 * 1:54 * 2:14

R= 1/5 + 2*(3/4)*(1/5)+2*(1/5)*(1/5)= 58/100 T=100/58 or 50/29

So, T= 50/29 or 1:44. The correct answer is C.

The unit for T is in hours. T=50/29 means 1 hour and 21/29 of an hour which equals 44 minutes.

Is there a fast way of calculating the time 44 mims from 21/29 hours ??

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05 Oct 2013, 02:36

Stiv wrote:

A qualified worker digs a well in 5 hours. He invites 2 apprentices, both capable of working 3/4 as fast and 2 trainees both working 1/5 as fast as he. If the five-person team digs the same well, how much time does the team need to finish the job? A 1:24 B 1:34 C 1:44 D 1:54 E 2:14

Your question sounds vague to me. The answer should be in terms of time. Anyway I just solved based on the data given.

Work/rate problem - was my approach incorrect? [#permalink]

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02 Nov 2013, 21:57

A qualified worker digs a well in 5 hours. He invites 2 apprentices, both capable of working 3/4 as fast and 2 trainees both working 1/5 as fast as he. If the five-person team digs the same well, how much time does the team need to finish the job?

A) 1:24 B) 1:34 C) 1:44 D) 1:54 E) 2:14

I started with the original rate for the worker as 1/5.

Each apprentice would have a rate (1/5)*(3/4) = 3/20

Each trainee would have a rate (1/5) * (1/5) = 1/25

Combining all of it together 1/5 + 3/20 + 3/20 + 1/25 + 1/25 = 58/100 per hour

After one hour, the remaining work to be done is 42/100

Is it possible to use this approach to solve the problem?

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03 Nov 2013, 04:30

undecidedonmba wrote:

A qualified worker digs a well in 5 hours. He invites 2 apprentices, both capable of working 3/4 as fast and 2 trainees both working 1/5 as fast as he. If the five-person team digs the same well, how much time does the team need to finish the job?

A) 1:24 B) 1:34 C) 1:44 D) 1:54 E) 2:14

I started with the original rate for the worker as 1/5.

Each apprentice would have a rate (1/5)*(3/4) = 3/20

Each trainee would have a rate (1/5) * (1/5) = 1/25

Combining all of it together 1/5 + 3/20 + 3/20 + 1/25 + 1/25 = 58/100 per hour

After one hour, the remaining work to be done is 42/100

Is it possible to use this approach to solve the problem?

Hi,

Your approach is perfectly correct but I do not see the answer options to be in sync with the question that's asked. The question is "hpw much time does the team need to finish the job" but answer options are in proportion/ratio format. Can you verify whether the question stem is correct? According to me the answer should be 50/29 hours. I used the same approach as yours. _________________

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