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Machines X and Y produce bottles at their respective constant rates. Machine X produces k bottles in 6 hours and machine Y produces k bottles in 2 hours. How many hours does it take machines X and Y , working simultaneously , to produce 12k bottles?

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Machines X and Y produce bottles at their respective constant rates. Machine X produces k bottles in 6 hours and machine Y produces k bottles in 2 hours. How many hours does it take machines X and Y , working simultaneously , to produce 12k bottles?

formula is work = rate x time

for machine (X) k= r X 6 for machine (Y) k= r X 2 now take a value for k ( for ease which is a multiple of both mac X & y) take k=12 so rate of machine (x) is 2 so rate of machine (y) is 6

now work is 12k = 12x12 = 144 two machines working siman so rate = 6+2 =8 work = rate X time 144 = 8 X time so time = 18 so answer D

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Machines X and Y produce bottles at their respective constant rates. Machine X produces k bottles in 6 hours and machine Y produces k bottles in 2 hours. How many hours does it take machines X and Y , working simultaneously , to produce 12k bottles?

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Hi All,

This is an example of a Work Formula question with a minor 'twist.' The "math" in these questions can be done in a few different ways, but since we have 2 machines working on a task together, without any major "twists" (e.g. one of them stops working at a certain point), we can use the Work Formula:

Work = (A)(B)/(A+B) where A and B are the respective rates of the two machines to do the same task individually.

We're told: 1) Machine X can produce K bottles in 6 hours. 2) Machine Y can produce K bottles in 2 hours.

(6)(2)/(6+2) = 12/8 = 1.5 hours to produce K bottles when working together.

The minor 'twist' is that the question asks how long it takes to produce 12K bottles (not K bottles), so we have to multiply this result by 12...

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