Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 500,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours work [#permalink]

Show Tags

03 Apr 2010, 13:22

5

This post received KUDOS

18

This post was BOOKMARKED

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

Difficulty:

25% (medium)

Question Stats:

73% (02:18) correct
27% (01:49) wrong based on 765 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Machine A's speed were doubled, the two machines could produce 1 widget in 2 hours working together at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Machine A to produce 1 widget on its own?

If Machine A takes a hours to produce 1 widget it produces 1/a th of widget every hour Similarly If Machine B takes b hours to produce 1 widget it produces 1/b th of widget every hour

If Machine A and Machine B work together they can produce 1 widget in 3 hrs . So together they can produce 1/3rd of the widget in an hour

Work done by A in 1 hour + Work done by B in 1 hour = Work done by A and B together in 1 hour

1/a + 1/ b =1/3

If A's speed is doubled time it takes to produce 1 widget on it's own will reduce by 1/2 So 2/a + 1/b = 1/2

1/a =1/2-1/3 =1/6

a = 6 hrs. Answer D
_________________

___________________________________ Please give me kudos if you like my post

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Machine A's speed were doubled, the two machines could produce 1 widget in 2 hours working together at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Machine A to produce 1 widget on its own?

a) 1/2 b) 2 c) 3 d) 5 e) 6

Thanks!

the quickest way to solve this problem is to know the following shortcuts ..

If machine A and B work together, then: 1 hour = (A+B)/AB of work done ..... (1) AB/(A+B) hour = 1 job done ..... (2)

the questions discusses time, so we'll use (1) equation. plug in the values.

(a+b)/ab = 3 (a/2+b)/(a/2*b) = 2 ....... [the speed is doubled so the time is halved]

solve the equations and you'll get a=6 hrs _________________

press kudos, if you like the explanation, appreciate the effort or encourage people to respond.

My way of doing it: Check all the times given in Question-3 hr and 2 hr - take LCM = 6; SO 6 is the total units of work to be done. W=6 units now , a+b = 6units/3hr= 2u/hr -(I) (work done by a and b together in 1 hr)

with double speed of a:

2a+b=6u/2hr= 3u/hr (II)

by I & II a=1 units per hour -> so total time taken to complete the full work is 6*1 (6 units * 1 unit per hour) = 6 hours is the answer.

NOTE: This method helps to solve the problem orally !
_________________

Consider giving Kudos if my post helps in some way

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Machine A's speed were doubled, the two machines could produce 1 widget in 2 hours working together at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Machine A to produce 1 widget on its own?

a) 1/2 b) 2 c) 3 d) 5 e) 6

Thanks!

My attempt:

Given rate at which A & B works at normal pace to complete 1 widget is (1/3).

Hence A's rate = B's rate = half of (1/3).

Hence A's rate is (1/6), so to complete 1 widget A requires 6 hours.

Any thoughts ?????
_________________

Support GMAT Club by putting a GMAT Club badge on your blog

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Machine A's speed were doubled, the two machines could produce 1 widget in 2 hours working together at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Machine A to produce 1 widget on its own?

a) 1/2 b) 2 c) 3 d) 5 e) 6

Thanks!

My attempt:

Given rate at which A & B works at normal pace to complete 1 widget is (1/3).

Hence A's rate = B's rate = half of (1/3).

Hence A's rate is (1/6), so to complete 1 widget A requires 6 hours.

Any thoughts ?????

hi I dont think it wil give u a correct result everytime .. I dont think 1/6+1/6= 1/3 ( where in A and B rate of work is same )

however these speeds may vary ad yet the totalmay be 1/3....not sure If i have explained u??

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Machine A's speed were doubled, the two machines could produce 1 widget in 2 hours working together at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Machine A to produce 1 widget on its own?

a) 1/2 b) 2 c) 3 d) 5 e) 6

Thanks!

My attempt:

Given rate at which A & B works at normal pace to complete 1 widget is (1/3).

Hence A's rate = B's rate = half of (1/3).

Hence A's rate is (1/6), so to complete 1 widget A requires 6 hours.

Any thoughts ?????

hi I dont think it wil give u a correct result everytime .. I dont think 1/6+1/6= 1/3 ( where in A and B rate of work is same )

however these speeds may vary ad yet the totalmay be 1/3....not sure If i have explained u??

I understand your point. A's rate could be 1/12 and B's rate be 1/4 but still working together they could end up with a combined rate of 1/3.

I believe the key mistake of my approach is not understanding the key part of the question -- "[highlight]working together at their respective constant rates[/highlight]"

Thanks for pointing this and correcting me. +1 from me.
_________________

Support GMAT Club by putting a GMAT Club badge on your blog

can you please help vvith this problem I could not understand this

please explain

Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours working together at their respective constant rates. If Machine A's speed were doubled, the two machines could produce 1 widget in 2 hours working together at their respective rates. How many hours does it currently take Machine A to produce 1 widget on its own?

A. 1/2 B. 2 C. 3 D. 5 E. 6

Say the rate of machine A is \(a\) widgets per hour and the rate of machine B is \(b\) widgets per hour. Since working together they can produce 1 widget in 3 hours, then their combined rate is \(\frac{1}{3}\) widgets per hour. So, we have that:

\(a+b=\frac{1}{3}\).

Similarly the second equation would be:

\(2a+b=\frac{1}{2}\).

Subtract the first equation from the second: \(a=\frac{1}{6}\) widgets per hour. So, machine A needs 6 hours to produce 1 widget.

Re: Machine A and Machine B can produce 1 widget in 3 hours work [#permalink]

Show Tags

07 May 2014, 07:15

Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
_________________

This question is a bit more complex than a typical Work question, but you can still use the Work Formula to solve it.

Work = (A)(B)/(A+B) where A and B are the speeds of the two individual machines

From the prompt, we know that Machine A and Machine B, working together, can produce 1 widget in 3 hours. This is the same as saying "it takes 3 hours to complete 1 job."

Using the Work Formula, we have....

(A)(B)/(A+B) = 3

AB = 3A + 3B

Next, we're told that if Machine A's speed were DOUBLED, then the two machines would need 2 hours to produce 1 widget. Mathematically, doubling Machine A's speed means that we have to refer to it as A/2 (if the original speed is 1 widget every 10 hours, then DOUBLING that speed means 1 widget every 5 hours.....thus A becomes A/2).

Using the Work Formula, we have....

(A/2)(B)/(A/2 + B) = 2

(AB)/2 = A + 2B AB = 2A + 4B

Now we have two variables and two equations. Both equations are set equal to "AB", so we have....

3A + 3B = 2A + 4B A = B

This tells us that the original speeds of both machines are the SAME. Going back to the original formula, we can substitute in the value of "B" which gives us....

AB = 3A + 3B

A(A) = 3A + 3(A)

A^2 = 6A

A^2 - 6A = 0 A(A-6) = 0

Since a machine cannot have a rate of 0, Machine A's rate must be 1 unit per 6 hours.

After days of waiting, sharing the tension with other applicants in forums, coming up with different theories about invites patterns, and, overall, refreshing my inbox every five minutes to...

I was totally freaking out. Apparently, most of the HBS invites were already sent and I didn’t get one. However, there are still some to come out on...

In early 2012, when I was working as a biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health , I decided that I wanted to get an MBA and make the...