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Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
11 Jul 2006, 20:20

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Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job?

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11 Jul 2006, 20:43

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X & Y wrote:

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job?

a. 0.8 b. 3.0 c. 6.8 d. 8.0 e. 8.8

all three people working together on the larger job for 2 hours=(1/16+1/10+1/8)*2=23/40
remaining part of the job is 17/40 Al's working rate is 1/16 hence
(17/40)/(1/16)=34/5 or 6.8 C it is _________________

Re: Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
06 May 2012, 02:16

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alphabeta1234 wrote:

I am stumped by this question.

Al's rate is 1 Job / 8 Hours Boris's rate is 1 Job/ 5 Hours Cody's rate is 2 Job /8 Hours

When the question states that the second job required "twice the amount of work as the first" how does one interpret this? In the above posts you have the the time doubled, ie, Al's rate is no longer 1/8 but 1/16 (so the time to complete the job was doubled). But I saw it more as his rate to complete the job stayed the same and the job grew by a multiple of 2, ie, (1/8)*time_Al=2 job The rate should be doubled in the numerator and the denominator.So Al's rate of 1 Job/8 Hour becomes (2*1 Job/2*8 Hour)=2 Job/16 Hour Very confused.

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job? A. 0.8 B. 3.0 C. 6.8 D. 8.0 E. 8.8

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours, hence he can complete the second job which requires twice as much work as the first in 16 hours --> the rate of Al for this larger job is 1/16 job/hour;

Boris can complete a particular job in 5 hours, hence he can complete the second job which requires twice as much work as the first in 10 hours --> the rate of Boris for this larger job is 1/10 job/hour;

The rate of Cody for this larger job is 1/8 job/hour.

In 2 hours all three would complete 2*(1/16+1/10+1/8)=23/40 part of the larger job, so 17/40 part of it is left to be done.

Al can complete it in time=job/rate=(17/40)/(1/16)=34/5=6.8 hours.

Re: Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
05 May 2012, 06:38

I am stumped by this question.

Al's rate is 1 Job / 8 Hours Boris's rate is 1 Job/ 5 Hours Cody's rate is 2 Job /8 Hours

When the question states that the second job required "twice the amount of work as the first" how does one interpret this? In the above posts you have the the time doubled, ie, Al's rate is no longer 1/8 but 1/16 (so the time to complete the job was doubled). But I saw it more as his rate to complete the job stayed the same and the job grew by a multiple of 2, ie, (1/8)*time_Al=2 job The rate should be doubled in the numerator and the denominator.So Al's rate of 1 Job/8 Hour becomes (2*1 Job/2*8 Hour)=2 Job/16 Hour Very confused.

Re: Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
07 May 2012, 17:39

Bunuel wrote:

alphabeta1234 wrote:

I am stumped by this question.

Al's rate is 1 Job / 8 Hours Boris's rate is 1 Job/ 5 Hours Cody's rate is 2 Job /8 Hours

When the question states that the second job required "twice the amount of work as the first" how does one interpret this? In the above posts you have the the time doubled, ie, Al's rate is no longer 1/8 but 1/16 (so the time to complete the job was doubled). But I saw it more as his rate to complete the job stayed the same and the job grew by a multiple of 2, ie, (1/8)*time_Al=2 job The rate should be doubled in the numerator and the denominator.So Al's rate of 1 Job/8 Hour becomes (2*1 Job/2*8 Hour)=2 Job/16 Hour Very confused.

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job? A. 0.8 B. 3.0 C. 6.8 D. 8.0 E. 8.8

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours, hence he can complete the second job which requires twice as much work as the first in 16 hours --> the rate of Al for this larger job is 1/16 job/hour;

Boris can complete a particular job in 5 hours, hence he can complete the second job which requires twice as much work as the first in 10 hours --> the rate of Boris for this larger job is 1/10 job/hour;

The rate of Cody for this larger job is 1/8 job/hour.

In 2 hours all three would complete 2*(1/16+1/10+1/8)=23/40 part of the larger job, so 17/40 part of it is left to be done.

Al can complete it in time=job/rate=(17/40)/(1/16)=34/5=6.8 hours.

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.

I understand the solution, but i have to question the structure of the sentence "which requires twice as much work as the first". it is assumed that Al and Boris too takes twice the amount of time and that double time is not applicable solely to Cody.

Re: Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
08 May 2012, 00:09

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jayaddula wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

alphabeta1234 wrote:

I am stumped by this question.

Al's rate is 1 Job / 8 Hours Boris's rate is 1 Job/ 5 Hours Cody's rate is 2 Job /8 Hours

When the question states that the second job required "twice the amount of work as the first" how does one interpret this? In the above posts you have the the time doubled, ie, Al's rate is no longer 1/8 but 1/16 (so the time to complete the job was doubled). But I saw it more as his rate to complete the job stayed the same and the job grew by a multiple of 2, ie, (1/8)*time_Al=2 job The rate should be doubled in the numerator and the denominator.So Al's rate of 1 Job/8 Hour becomes (2*1 Job/2*8 Hour)=2 Job/16 Hour Very confused.

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job? A. 0.8 B. 3.0 C. 6.8 D. 8.0 E. 8.8

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours, hence he can complete the second job which requires twice as much work as the first in 16 hours --> the rate of Al for this larger job is 1/16 job/hour;

Boris can complete a particular job in 5 hours, hence he can complete the second job which requires twice as much work as the first in 10 hours --> the rate of Boris for this larger job is 1/10 job/hour;

The rate of Cody for this larger job is 1/8 job/hour.

In 2 hours all three would complete 2*(1/16+1/10+1/8)=23/40 part of the larger job, so 17/40 part of it is left to be done.

Al can complete it in time=job/rate=(17/40)/(1/16)=34/5=6.8 hours.

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.

I understand the solution, but i have to question the structure of the sentence "which requires twice as much work as the first". it is assumed that Al and Boris too takes twice the amount of time and that double time is not applicable solely to Cody.

Yes. We are told that "a second job, ... requires twice as much work as the first", so it's not only for Coby but for everyone. _________________

Re: Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
21 Sep 2012, 05:06

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job?

Bunuel ,question stem does not mention to find time for Al to complete remaining job. I misunderstood the question and calculated time for Al to finish the whole job.

Re: Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can [#permalink]
21 Sep 2012, 05:22

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bhavinshah5685 wrote:

Al can complete a particular job in 8 hours. Boris can complete the same job in 5 hours. Cody can complete a second job, which requires twice as much work as the first, in 8 hours. If all three people work together on the larger job for 2 hours, how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job?

Bunuel ,question stem does not mention to find time for Al to complete remaining job. I misunderstood the question and calculated time for Al to finish the whole job.

I understand your point and agree that wording could have been better. Though notice that we are asked "how long, in hours, would it take Al, working alone, to finish the job?" _________________