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In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

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pakoo wrote:

emmanuel

Can you elucidate your solution in detail

OK, pakoo. Look, 9 former workers do the same job as 6 latter workers ceteris paribus (in the same # of hours, same # of days), because their productivities relate to each other at a ratio of 3:2.

Then 6 "productive" workers make 10 TV sets in 20 days of 7.5 hours/day.

How many TV sets would make 12 "productive" workers in 20 days working 6 hours/day?

Number of TV sets depends on

a) time in days(positively),

b) duration of each working day(positively),

=> total productivity ~ WORKERS*DAYS*HOURS. (here "~" means "is proportional to")

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Hi,

We can solve the question if we take it step by step .

- the number of hours is 7.5*20=150
- the rate for the 9 persons is 10tv/150hours =>1/15
- the rate for one person is (1/15)/9 => 1/135
- the now rate of new workers is 2 men to 3 men => the new rate will be 2/3*(1/135) => 2/405
- the rate for 12 persons is 12*(2/405)=8/135
- to assemble 20 tv it will take 20/(8/135) = 168.75 hours
- the number of days will be 168.75/6=28.125 days

I believe that this is the safest way to solve this problem, but I admit it is time consumer. if anyone know a better way pls share us.

In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

But before we do that, let's make people in the two cases comparable. 2 people of latter equivalent to 3 people of former. 12 people of latter equivalent to 18 people of former.

So we see that if effect, the number of people has doubled in the latter case.

Days taken = 20 * (9/18) * (20/10) * (7.5/6) = 25 days _________________

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boksana wrote:

In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

A. 10 B. 12.5 C. 20 D. 25 E. 50

It is 20 *(9/12) * (7.5/6) *(20/10)*(2/3) = 25 days _________________

The question seems slightly heavy because of the number of data points given. Let me simplify it by presenting a stepwise detailed solution

Given We are given information about two sets of people working. In the first case 9 people assemble 10 TV sets in 20 days working 7.5 hours/day. In the second case we are asked to find the time taken by 12 people to assemble 20 TV sets working 6 hours/day. We are also told that the amount of work done by 2 people in second case is equal to the amount of work done by 3 people in the first case.

Let's see how can we break down this question into simpler bits to get to our answer.

Approach We know that Work = Rate * Time. For the first set of people we are given the amount of work done and the amount of time taken. We can use this information to find out the rate of work done by 1 person. For the next set of people we are given the amount of work to be done and are asked to find the time taken by them. For finding the time taken we will need the rate of work done by these people.

We are given a relation between the work done by the first set of people and the second set of people. We will use this information and the work rate equation to find out the rate of work done by second set of people and then the time taken by them to complete the work.

Working Out First set of people

Work done by 9 people = 10 TV sets Time taken by 9 people each = 7.5 hours for 20 days = \(20* 7.5\) hours

Rate of work done by 9 people = \(\frac{Work}{Time}\) = \(\frac{10}{20*7.5}\)

So, the rate of work done by 1 person \(= \frac{10}{20*7.5*9}\)

Second set of people

Work done by 12 people = 20 TV sets

We are told that 2 people in the latter case do as much work as 3 people in the former. i.e.

work done by 2 persons in the second case = work done by 3 people in the first case.

Since time taken is the same, assuming \(R_{1}\) to be the rate of 1 person in the first case and \(R_{2}\) to be the rate of 1 person in the second case we can write

\(2 * R_{2} * t = 3 * R_{1} * t\) which gives us \(R_{2} = \frac{3}{2} * R_{1} = \frac{3}{2} * \frac{10}{20*7.5*9}\) for 1 person

Rate of work done by 12 people \(= 12 * \frac{3}{2} * \frac{10}{20*7.5*9}\)

Let's assume the number of days it took 12 people to assemble 20 TV sets be \(x\). As the people worked for 6 hours daily,time taken by 12 people each =\(6x\) hours.

Putting the above information in the equation Work = Rate * Time, we get

In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

But before we do that, let's make people in the two cases comparable. 2 people of latter equivalent to 3 people of former. 12 people of latter equivalent to 18 people of former.

So we see that if effect, the number of people has doubled in the latter case.

Days taken = 20 * (9/18) * (20/10) * (7.5/6) = 25 days

Hi karishma,

Can you please explain how you got (20/10) in the above expression?

In the former case, they assemble 10 tv sets and in the latter case they assemble 20 tv sets. Since they assemble more tv's in the second case, days taken will be more so we multiply previous days taken (20) by 20/10. _________________

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Here's my approach -

Efficiency of 9 former men = 6 latter men => 6 latter men make 10 sets in 150 hours => 12 latter men make 20 sets in 150 hours = 25 days (Considering 6 hour/day)

- to assemble 20 tv it will take 20/(8/135) = 168.75 hours

I kept getting 337.5 as the answer here.

The questions involving multiple variables in work rate can usually be done in a single step.

But before we solve here, let's make people in the two cases comparable. 2 people of latter equivalent to 3 people of former. 12 people of latter equivalent to 18 people of former.

So in case 1 there were 9 people and in case 2 there were 18 equivalent people

"In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?"

9 people ........10 tv sets.........20 days............7.5 hrs 18 people........20 tv sets.........?? days .............6 hrs

We start with the unknown - the number of days. The number of days will change. They will become 20 * (9/18) * (20/10) * (7.5/6) = 25 days

20 is the original number of days which needs to be adjusted to factor in the changes in the variables.

You multiply it by 9/18 because when number of people changes from 9 to 18, the number of days will decrease. So you multiply by a number less than 1. You multiply by 20/10 because when number of tv sets increase from 10 to 20, number of days will increase. So you multiply by a number more than 1. You multiply by 7.5/6 because when number of hours decrease from 7.5 to 6, number of days required will increase. So you multiply by a number more than 1.

Using this logic, you don't have to worry about how each variable varies with the other. Just use the logic of increase/decrease and less than 1/more than 1. _________________

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boksana wrote:

In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

Similar question was given to me on my job interview in a management consulting firm! Oksana, you are great!

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dr_sabr wrote:

Hi,

We can solve the question if we take it step by step .

- the number of hours is 7.5*20=150 - the rate for the 9 persons is 10tv/150hours =>1/15 - the rate for one person is (1/15)/9 => 1/135 - the now rate of new workers is 2 men to 3 men => the new rate will be 2/3*(1/135) => 2/405 - the rate for 12 persons is 12*(2/405)=8/135 - to assemble 20 tv it will take 20/(8/135) = 168.75 hours - the number of days will be 168.75/6=28.125 days

I believe that this is the safest way to solve this problem, but I admit it is time consumer. if anyone know a better way pls share us.

Correct me if I am wrong

I think there is a slight glitch in your calculation of the rate of work for the new person.

If P1 does 1/135 work in a day ........p2 should be doing 3/2 * 1/135 work in a day.

If you continue with that then you get 25 days as the result.

To save time......there is no need to do all intermediate calculations. In work time methods .........values cancel out most of the time. Of course then one has to be careful

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28 Jun 2004, 10:07

Emmanuel wrote:

OK, pakoo. Look, 9 former workers do the same job as 6 latter workers ceteris paribus (in the same # of hours, same # of days), because their productivities relate to each other at a ratio of 3:2.

Then 6 "productive" workers make 10 TV sets in 20 days of 7.5 hours/day.

Emmanuel, you seems to have a brilliant way in solving math questions .

I just want to make sure how did you get 6 latter workers. did you multiply the ratio of 3:2 by the ratio between the number of workers?

12/9*3/2=12/6? can you explain why?

Thanks _________________

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dr_sabr wrote:

Emmanuel wrote:

OK, pakoo. Look, 9 former workers do the same job as 6 latter workers ceteris paribus (in the same # of hours, same # of days), because their productivities relate to each other at a ratio of 3:2.

Then 6 "productive" workers make 10 TV sets in 20 days of 7.5 hours/day.

Emmanuel, you seems to have a brilliant way in solving math questions .

I just want to make sure how did you get 6 latter workers. did you multiply the ratio of 3:2 by the ratio between the number of workers?

12/9*3/2=12/6? can you explain why?

Thanks

Yes, I did. Such things should be done very quickly on your actual GMAT... That's why it is so important to multiply, add, subtract and divide fractions quickly.

Yes, I multiplied 9 by 2/3 and got 6 workers. 9:6 = 3:2.

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boksana wrote:

In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

I started calculation with drafting formulas, when realised that there is a hint in this question:

1 step. Given the productivity coefficient of 2/3 and number of persons in each team, actual productivity of the whole second team (12 persons) appears to be twice greater than the actual productivity of the whole first team (9 persons): 9 persons * 2 productivity = 18. 12 persons * 3 productivity = 36. 36/18 = 2.

2 step. At the same time, the second team should produce twice more TV sets (20/10=2). As such, productivity and number of TV sets to be produced eliminate each other =>

3 step. The second team will spend the same number of hours: 20*7.5 = 150 h for the 1 team 150h / 6 = 25 days for the second team

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boksana wrote:

In a TV factory 9 persons can assemble 10 tv sets in 20 days of 7 1/2 working hours. How long will it take for 12 persons to assemble 20 tv sets working 6h per day, it being given that 2 persons in the latter case do work as much as 3 men in the former?

A. 10 B. 12.5 C. 20 D. 25 E. 50

I used formal method to organize information:

Rate * Time = Work

1/2 * 20 = 10 for 9 people

2/3 * X = 20 for 12 people working in the same rate as 9 people. But we should multiply 2/3 to 1.5, so we get

1 * X = 20 for 12 people working 7.5 h/day. But we have only 6 hours, so we get

12/15 * X = 20, and we get 25 days

Answer is D

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