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# John and Mary...........

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John and Mary........... [#permalink]  01 May 2009, 00:52
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John and Mary were each paid x dollars in advance to do a certain job together, John worked on the job for 10 hours and Mary worked 2 hours less than John. If Mary gave John y dollars of her payment so that they would have received the same hourly wage, what was the dollar amount, in terms of y, that John was paid in advance ?

(A) 4y (B) 5y (C) 6y
(D) 8y (E) 9y
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Re: John and Mary........... [#permalink]  01 May 2009, 06:48
Ans is (A) 4y

Here is how I got

John worked for = 10 hr
Mary worked for = 8 hr (2 less than John)

Advance payment to John and Mary = x dollars
Mary gave John so that they have equal pay per hour = y dollars

This means their per hour amount is equal.

x/10 = (x-y)/8

Calculating this gives x = 5y. Reducing the extra y given by Mary to John gives 4y
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Re: John and Mary........... [#permalink]  01 May 2009, 08:14
i got E 9y
Here is how I got

John worked for = 10 hr
Mary worked for = 8 hr (2 less than John)

Advance payment to John and Mary = x dollars
Mary gave John y dollars so that they have equal pay per hour

This means their per hour amount is equal.
so mary now have x-y and john now have x+y
so (x-y)/8 = (x+y)/10

which gives x =9y
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Re: John and Mary........... [#permalink]  01 May 2009, 09:13
aharonm wrote:
i got E 9y

You are right, I missed adding the y to John payment.
Re: John and Mary...........   [#permalink] 01 May 2009, 09:13
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