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Danny and Ian are munching on a jar full of candies. Had Danny eaten alone it would have taken him 5 minutes to finish the candies in the jar. Had Ian eaten alone it would have taken him 10 minutes to finish half the jar. Since both of them are eating simultaneously, how long would it take them to empty the jar?

A. 2.5 minutes
B. 3 minutes
C. 3 minutes and 20 seconds
D. 6 minutes and 40 seconds
E. 4 minutes

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I thought it should be inverse of the combined rates which is (10*5)/(10+5)=50/15=3+ minutes right? OA says a different one.... what am I doing wrong?
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Danny and Ian are munching on a jar full of candies. Had Danny eaten alone it would have taken him 5 minutes to finish the candies in the jar. Had Ian eaten alone it would have taken him 10 minutes to finish half the jar.
Since both of them are eating simultaneously, how long would it take them to empty the jar?

2.5 minutes

3 minutes

3 minutes and 20 seconds

6 minutes and 40 seconds

4 minutes

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Hi,

Danny's does in 5 minutes
Ian finishes half in 10 minutes i.e finishes the jar in 20 minutes

Therefore Combined rate will be

1/5+1/20=1/T

5/20= 1/T ==> T = 4 min
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Re: Danny and Ian are munching on a jar full of candies. [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 01:36
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I thought it should be inverse of the combined rates which is (10*5)/(10+5)=50/15=3+ minutes right? OA says a different one.... what am I doing wrong?


We are told that Ian needs 10 minutes to finish HALF the jar, so he needs 20 minute to finish full jar.

Danny and Ian are munching on a jar full of candies. Had Danny eaten alone it would have taken him 5 minutes to finish the candies in the jar. Had Ian eaten alone it would have taken him 10 minutes to finish half the jar. Since both of them are eating simultaneously, how long would it take them to empty the jar?

A. 2.5 minutes
B. 3 minutes
C. 3 minutes and 20 seconds
D. 6 minutes and 40 seconds
E. 4 minutes

The rate of Danny is 1/5 jar/minute and the rate of Ian is 1/20 jar/minute, their combined rate is 1/5+1/20=1/4 jar/minute. Thus together they need 4 minutes to finish the jar.

Answer: E.
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Re: Danny and Ian are munching on a jar full of candies. Had Dan [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2015, 13:15
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Hi All,

This question is essentially a "Work Formula" question, since it has 2 people working on a task together. You have to be really careful with the details though, since the two given rates are NOT for the same task....

We're told that Danny can finish off the jar of candies in 5 minutes
We're told that Ian can finish off HALF the jar of candies in 10 minutes, which means that he can finish the WHOLE jar in 20 minutes.

We're asked how long it would take the two of them to finish the jar of candies together....

Work = (A)(B)/(A+B) where A and B are the individual rates of the two entities.

A = 5
B = 20

(5)(20)/(5+20) = 100/25 = 4 minutes to finish off the jar of candies.

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