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At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an empty tank, or pump-out the full tank in 2, 3, and 6 hours. If A and B are used to pump-out water from the half-full tank, while C is used to fill water into the tank, in how many hours, the tank will be empty?

A. 2/3
B. 1
C. 3/4
D. 3/2
E. 2
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Re: PS: Pool fills [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2009, 06:51
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At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an empty tank, or pump-out the full tank in 2, 3, and 6 hours. If A and B are used to pump-out water from the half-full tank, while C is used to fill water into the tank, in how many hours, the tank will be empty?
A. 2/3
B. 1
C. 3/4
D. 3/2
E. 2


You can use a rates formula here, or convert each worker to the same amount of time (6 hours) :

A empties 3 tanks every 6 hours
B empties 2 tanks every 6 hours
C fills 1 tank every 6 hours
Together, they empty 4 tanks every 6 hours
So they empty 1 tank every 6/4 hours, and empty half of a tank in 3/4 hours. C.
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12.At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an empty tank, or pump-out the full tank in 2, 3, and 6 hours. If A and B are used to pump-out water from the half-full tank, while C is used to fill water into the tank, in how many hours, the tank will be empty?
A. 2/3
B. 1
C. 3/4
D. 3/2
E. 2

let X = # of hours for the tank to empty

X*Rate A + X*Rate B - X*Rate C = 1/2 tank

X*(1/2) + X*(1/3) - X*(1/6) = 1/2
X = 3/4

It takes 3/4 hrs to empty the tank

ANSWER: C. 3/4
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Re: PS: Pool fills [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 21:46
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You can use a rates formula here, or convert each worker to the same amount of time (6 hours) :

A empties 3 tanks every 6 hours
B empties 2 tanks every 6 hours
C fills 1 tank every 6 hours
Together, they empty 4 tanks every 6 hours
So they empty 1 tank every 6/4 hours, and empty half of a tank in 3/4 hours. C.


that looks so simple and easy.. thanks Ian.
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Re: PS: Pool fills [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 22:17
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You can use a rates formula here, or convert each worker to the same amount of time (6 hours) :

A empties 3 tanks every 6 hours
B empties 2 tanks every 6 hours
C fills 1 tank every 6 hours
Together, they empty 4 tanks every 6 hours
So they empty 1 tank every 6/4 hours, and empty half of a tank in 3/4 hours. C.


Good job Ian. You made it all simple. :)
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Re: PS: Pool fills [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2009, 22:30
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Effective rate(empty) : 1/2+1/3-1/6 = 4/6 = 2/3

So whole tank will be emptied in 3/2 hrs..and half will be in 3/4 hrs. C...
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Rate(A)=1/2
Rate(B)=1/3
Rate(C)=1/6

A + B - C

1/2 + 1/3 - 1/6 = 4/6 (Combined rate per the question)

Rate * Time = Work

4/6 * Time = 1/2

Time = 3/4
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Re: PS: Pool fills [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2013, 23:14
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Rate(A)=1/2
Rate(B)=1/3
Rate(C)=1/6

A + B - C

1/2 + 1/3 - 1/6 = 4/6 (Combined rate per the question)

Rate * Time = Work

4/6 * Time = 1/2

Time = 3/4


Hi,

I could understand this method.
But my doubt is
Work = Rate * time
Time = Work / Rate

So as per this problem
Rate(A)=1/2
Rate(B)=1/3
Rate(C)=1/6

So total time is:
(1/2)/(1/2) + (1/2) / (1/3) - (1/2) / (1/6) = -1/2

Where iam missing something?? Please help me

thanks,
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TGC wrote:
Rate(A)=1/2
Rate(B)=1/3
Rate(C)=1/6

A + B - C

1/2 + 1/3 - 1/6 = 4/6 (Combined rate per the question)

Rate * Time = Work

4/6 * Time = 1/2

Time = 3/4


Hi,

I could understand this method.
But my doubt is
Work = Rate * time
Time = Work / Rate

So as per this problem
Rate(A)=1/2
Rate(B)=1/3
Rate(C)=1/6

So total time is:
(1/2)/(1/2) + (1/2) / (1/3) - (1/2) / (1/6) = -1/2


Where iam missing something?? Please help me

thanks,
Rrsnathan.


When adding rates you get combined rate not time. Also, why are you multiplying combined rate by 1/2?

At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an empty tank, or pump-out the full tank in 2, 3, and 6 hours. If A and B are used to pump-out water from the half-full tank, while C is used to fill water into the tank, in how many hours, the tank will be empty?
A. 2/3
B. 1
C. 3/4
D. 3/2
E. 2

Rate of A = 1/2 tank/hour;
Rate of B = 1/3 tank/hour;
Rate of C = 1/6 tank/hour.

Combined rate when A and B are used to pump-out water, while C is used to fill water into the tank is 1/2+1/3-1/6=2/3 tank hour.

So, to empty the full tank 3/2 hours (reciprocal of rate) are needed. To empty the half-full tank half of that time would be needed: 1/2*3/2=3/4 hours.

Answer: C.

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Re: At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2013, 09:08
t*[C's rate - (A's rate+B's rate)] + current tank size = 0
t*[1/6 - (1/2+1/3)] + .5 = 0
t = 3/4
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Work/rate problems [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2013, 04:05
At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an empty tank, or pump-out the full tank in 2, 3, and 6 hours. If A and B are used to pump-out water from the half-full tank, while C is used to fill water into the tank, in how many hours, the tank will be empty?
A. 2/3
B. 1
C. 3/4
D. 3/2
E. 2
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At their respective rates, pump A, B, and C can fulfill an empty tank, or pump-out the full tank in 2, 3, and 6 hours. If A and B are used to pump-out water from the half-full tank, while C is used to fill water into the tank, in how many hours, the tank will be empty?
A. 2/3
B. 1
C. 3/4
D. 3/2
E. 2


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Effective rate of A, B & C respectively

= \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} - \frac{1}{6}
(-ve as tank is getting empty)

= \frac{3+2-1}{6}

= \frac{4}{6}

= \frac{2}{3}

Time required for full tank = \frac{3}{2}

Time required for half tank = \frac{3}{2} * \frac{1}{2} = \frac{3}{4}

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