sreehari wrote:

Not a tough one, but tricky enough to share it...

There are many taps in the pool. One tap can fill the pool in 50 hours. Someone opens the first tap and further opens a new tap each following hour. In approximately how many hours the pool will be filled?

(A) 6

(B) 8

(C) 9

(D) 10

(E) 12

in fact, we need 50 hours of work by all taps.

since each hour a tap is added and each tap's performance can be counted in 1 hour interval, 50 = 1 + 2 + 3 + ......... + n

if n = 9, then sum is 45. if n = 10, then sum is 55.

so it should be between 9 and 10

hours but it cannot be 9. sould be approx 10.

Small edit: hours should be tapes. since 9 and a fraction tapes are not possible. so it must be 10 tapes even if the no. of tapes comes as 9.01.