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# Bruce and Anne can clean their house in 4 hours working toge

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Bruce and Anne can clean their house in 4 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Anne’s speed were doubled, they could clean their house in 3 hours working at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Anne to clean the house on her own?

A. 6
B. 7
C. 8
D. 12
E. 14
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05 May 2013, 22:09
Lets suppose Anne and Bruce take A and B hrs working separately
So in 1 hour they can together finish 1/A + 1/B portion of the work which equals 1/4 (As the work is completed in 4 hours)
After anne doubles her rate of work the portion completed by the both is 1/A +2/B which is equal to 1/3 (As the work is completed in 3 hours)

Solving these 2 equations we can find B as 12
So, D
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Bruce and Anne can clean their house in 4 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Anne’s speed were doubled, they could clean their house in 3 hours working at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Anne to clean the house on her own?

A. 6
B. 7
C. 8
D. 12
E. 14

Ra+Rb = 1/4

2*Ra+Rb = 1/3

Subtract both the equations, we have

Ra = 1/12.

D.
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06 May 2013, 02:03
1/a + 1/b =1/4.--(1)

now ann's rate is doubled.
2/a+1/b = 1/3 => 1/a+1/a+1/b = 1/4 using 1/a+1/b from from (1) 1/a+1/4 = 1/3 or a =12.
Option D
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06 May 2013, 18:36
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Another way to look at it is:

Rate of A and B combined = Rate A + Rate B = 1job/4hrs

If A doubles and works with B, we have:

Rate A + [Rate A + Rate B] = 1job/3hrs

or

Rate A +1job/4hrs = 1job/3hrs

so

Rate A = 1/3 - 1/4 = 4/12 - 3/12 = 1/12 = 1job/12hrs (so basically, one job takes 12 hours)

oop-- so answer D! Hope that helps!
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1/A = Anna's rate; 1/B= Bruce's rate

1/A+1/B=1/4
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2/A+1/B=1/3

Combining both equations:
1/A+(1/A+1/B)=1/3

1/A=1/3-1/4=1/12

R=W/T pick (D).
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07 May 2013, 16:45
DaNG! All you people did some complex workout all i did was 3x4= 12 FINISHED! hahahahaaa
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14 May 2013, 02:35
DaNG! All you people did some complex workout all i did was 3x4= 12 FINISHED! hahahahaaa

I truly appreciate your answering quality. Rather having confusing and complex workout,solution must be precise and illustrative.
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Looking at it in a different .(I don't want to work with fractions)

a = amount of work done by anne in one hour
b = amount of work done by bruce in one hour

4a + 4b = W(work)

6a + 3b = W

which implies 2a = b

which gives W = 12a

So it takes anne 12 hours to complete the work
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18 Dec 2013, 05:27
work = rate * time

set up equations.

Working together, normal rate: 1(job) = (A + B) *4 => 1/4 = A+B
Working together, double speed of A: 1(job) = (2A+ B) *3 => 1/3 = 2A+B

Substract first equation from second.
1/12 = A
This means she finishes 1(job) every 12(hours). Hence D.
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