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Hm, i got stuck cuz I got something a little different: YOURS: 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

MINE: 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{3}{m}=\frac{9}{w}+5\)

In the above equation you also have for 2 men: \(\frac{2}{m}\) - so why do u suddenly use the reciprocal? And why don't we add the 5 to women, because they take longer, hence their side is smaller...

Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days.

First equation: It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work: As the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day, then the rate of 3 women will be \(\frac{3}{w}\) job/day. As the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day, then the rate of 2 men will be \(\frac{2}{m}\) job/day. Combined rate of 3 women and 2 men in one day will be: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}\) job/day.

As they do all the job in 6 days then in 1 day they do 1/6 of the job, which is combined rate of 3 women and 2 men --> \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

Second equation: 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women: As 1 man needs \(m\) days to do the job 3 men will need \(\frac{m}{3}\) days to do the job. As 1 woman needs \(w\) days to do the job 9 women will need \(\frac{w}{9}\) days to do the job. 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner means that 3 men will need 5 less days to do the job, hence \(\frac{m}{3}\) is 5 less than \(\frac{w}{9}\) --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Hope it's clear.

My question is this, on the second equation how did you KNOW to put m/3, whereas in the first it was 2/m? In both cases aren't you figuring out the rate? In the first equation, you know that a man does 1/m of the job, and that 2 would do 2/m. In the second equation the rate is still 1/m, but you have 3 men, so should it not be 3/m+5=9/m?

Please read the solution carefully: First equation gives the rate: the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day, then the rate of 2 men will be \(\frac{2}{m}\) job/day.

Second equation gives time: 1 man needs \(m\) days to do the job 3 men will need \(\frac{m}{3}\) days to do the job.

Guys, even if you know the solution right away, it takes several minutes (definitely more than 3) to just write it down to find the answer. Is it a real GMAT question? Can something like that be expected on the real test?

Below is another solution which is a little bit faster.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Solving: \(m=15\) and \(w=90\). \(\frac{w}{m}=6\).

Answer: D.

bunuel, pls help

if i equate time i am not getting it pls tell me where i am going wrong

lets take 1 woman can complete the work in 'w' days and 1 man can complete in 'm' days so, it becomes w/3+m/2=6 and m/3+5=w/9

Guys, even if you know the solution right away, it takes several minutes (definitely more than 3) to just write it down to find the answer. Is it a real GMAT question? Can something like that be expected on the real test?

Below is another solution which is a little bit faster.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Solving: \(m=15\) and \(w=90\). \(\frac{w}{m}=6\).

Answer: D.

bunuel, pls help

if i equate time i am not getting it pls tell me where i am going wrong

lets take 1 woman can complete the work in 'w' days and 1 man can complete in 'm' days so, it becomes w/3+m/2=6 and m/3+5=w/9

but i am getting the answer wrong.

thanks in advance

That's because your equations are wrong. If one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days, then w/3 is the time one woman needs to complete 1/3 of the work and m/2 is the time one man needs to complete 1/2 of the work. Adding them makes no sense. We can add rates but not times.

Guys, even if you know the solution right away, it takes several minutes (definitely more than 3) to just write it down to find the answer. Is it a real GMAT question? Can something like that be expected on the real test?

Below is another solution which is a little bit faster.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Solving: \(m=15\) and \(w=90\). \(\frac{w}{m}=6\).

Answer: D.[/quote]

bunuel, pls help

if i equate time i am not getting it pls tell me where i am going wrong

lets take 1 woman can complete the work in 'w' days and 1 man can complete in 'm' days so, it becomes w/3+m/2=6 and m/3+5=w/9

but i am getting the answer wrong.

thanks in advance[/quote]

That's because your equations are wrong. If one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days, then w/3 is the time one woman needs to complete 1/3 of the work and m/2 is the time one man needs to complete 1/2 of the work. Adding them makes no sense. We can add rates but not times.

oh silly me thanks for that quick response i always get confused with the reciprocality in rates and work. is there any other way to get hold of them.?

oh silly me thanks for that quick response i always get confused with the reciprocality in rates and work. is there any other way to get hold of them.?

Guys, even if you know the solution right away, it takes several minutes (definitely more than 3) to just write it down to find the answer. Is it a real GMAT question? Can something like that be expected on the real test?

Below is another solution which is a little bit faster.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times

Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Solving: \(m=15\) and \(w=90\). \(\frac{w}{m}=6\).

Answer: D.

I stumbled on this answer and think it's worth clarifying:

In the second equation: 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

m and w are representing TOTAL work done by men and women.

Whereas in the first equation: Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

m and w are representing the RATE of work done by men and women.

I hope this is correct (Bunuel can you confirm?) and has helped some grasp the concept.

Guys, even if you know the solution right away, it takes several minutes (definitely more than 3) to just write it down to find the answer. Is it a real GMAT question? Can something like that be expected on the real test?

Below is another solution which is a little bit faster.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times

Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Solving: \(m=15\) and \(w=90\). \(\frac{w}{m}=6\).

Answer: D.

I stumbled on this answer and think it's worth clarifying:

In the second equation: 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

m and w are representing TOTAL work done by men and women.

Whereas in the first equation: Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

m and w are representing the RATE of work done by men and women.

I hope this is correct (Bunuel can you confirm?) and has helped some grasp the concept.

No, that's not correct.

m and w in both equations represent the same thing: time.

w is the number of days (time) one woman needs complete the job. m is the number of days (time) one man needs complete the job.

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one man can complete the work in m days. (1/m)th of the work will completed per day.

women completes the work in n days. (1/n)th of the work will be completed per day. Their combined rate/day = 1/m + 1/n;

(1/m)th of the work will completed per day by one man. ??? ----------------------- by 3 man (2/m)th of the work will be completed by 2 men /day (1/n)th of the work will be completed per day by one woman/day. ??? --------------------------- by 3 women (3/n)th of work will be completed by 3 women/day. It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work. So, (1/6)th of the work will be completed by 3 women and 2 men working together per day. 2/m + 3/n = 1/6;

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women. 1 man needs m days to do the job 3 men will need m/3 days to do the job. As 1 woman needs n days to do the job 9 women will need n/9 days to do the same job.

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women. m/3 +5 =n/9

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Hi Guys. Is there a way to do this without much time? Some way to get to a good point to guess? I saw IanStewart's post, but was wondering if someone has another idea?

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Bunuel wrote:

nonameee wrote:

Guys, even if you know the solution right away, it takes several minutes (definitely more than 3) to just write it down to find the answer. Is it a real GMAT question? Can something like that be expected on the real test?

Below is another solution which is a little bit faster.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times

Let one woman complete the job in \(w\) days and one man in \(m\) days. So the rate of 1 woman is \(\frac{1}{w}\) job/day and the rate of 1 man is \(\frac{1}{m}\) job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \(\frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}\).

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \(\frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}\).

Solving: \(m=15\) and \(w=90\). \(\frac{w}{m}=6\).

Answer: D.

This is where i got my answer wrong: my equation is 3/m -9/w = 1/5

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It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times

Let one woman complete the job in w days and one man in m days. So the rate of 1 woman is \frac{1}{w} job/day and the rate of 1 man is \frac{1}{m} job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}.

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}.

Solving: m=15 and w=90. \frac{w}{m}=6.

Answer: D.

Bunnel, If men work 5 days less than women why are we adding 5 in equation 3/w? Dont we should minus 5 days ( t-5).

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Hi Bunnel,

I am a bit confuse here if men have taken 5 days less than whya re we adding 5 days, shouldn't we need to subtract 5 days. Women time/day = d Men time/day = d-5

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taleesh wrote:

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work.3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women.How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman? A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times

Let one woman complete the job in w days and one man in m days. So the rate of 1 woman is \frac{1}{w} job/day and the rate of 1 man is \frac{1}{m} job/day.

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work --> sum the rates: \frac{3}{w}+\frac{2}{m}=\frac{1}{6}.

3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women --> \frac{m}{3}+5=\frac{w}{9}.

Solving: m=15 and w=90. \frac{w}{m}=6.

Answer: D.

Bunnel, If men work 5 days less than women why are we adding 5 in equation 3/w? Dont we should minus 5 days ( t-5).

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virtualanimosity wrote:

It takes 6 days for 3 women and 2 men working together to complete a work. 3 men would do the same work 5 days sooner than 9 women. How many times does the output of a man exceed that of a woman?

A. 3 times B. 4 times C. 5 times D. 6 times E. 7 times

answer is option (D)

2m and 3w can do a work in 6 days or 12m and 18w in 1 day let 9 w take x days, then 3 m will take x-5 days that implies 1 w can complete 1/9x work in 1 day and 1 m can complete 1/(3x-15) work in 1 day therefore, 12/(3x-15) + 18/9x = 1 solving we get x = 1 or 10 x does not take the value 1 so, 1m can do the work in 15 days and 1 w does the same work in 90 days.

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