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# RTD - Combined Worked Sum

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RTD - Combined Worked Sum [#permalink]  01 Dec 2012, 01:42
Three printing presses, R, S, and T, working together at their respective constant rates, can do a certain printing job in 4 hours. S and T, working together at their respective constant rates, can do the same job in 5 hours. How many hours would it take R, working alone at its constant rate, to do the same job?

A. 8
B. 10
C. 12
D. 15
E. 20

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e

This is my nightmare . I remember studying some formula for combined work in my school days, but forgot. And so everytime , I come across such sums, my brain looks for the formula and fails . Even after trying to work it in RTD method , I am not able to solve. Somebody please help.
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Re: RTD - Combined Worked Sum [#permalink]  01 Dec 2012, 05:43
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Three printing presses, R, S, and T, working together at their respective constant rates, can do a certain printing job in 4 hours. S and T, working together at their respective constant rates, can do the same job in 5 hours. How many hours would it take R, working alone at its constant rate, to do the same job?

A. 8
B. 10
C. 12
D. 15
E. 20

[Reveal] Spoiler:
e

This is my nightmare . I remember studying some formula for combined work in my school days, but forgot. And so everytime , I come across such sums, my brain looks for the formula and fails . Even after trying to work it in RTD method , I am not able to solve. Somebody please help.

Let's assume the work to be something like printing 20 papers. I'm picking 20 as it is the LCM of 4 & 5. Any number in that place will work just as well.

Speed of Three machines together = 5 papers per hour
Speed of Two machines together = 4 papers per hour
So speed of remaining machine = 1 paper per hour

So, to print 20 papers, this machine would take 20/1 = 20 hours. Answer is E.
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Re: RTD - Combined Worked Sum [#permalink]  02 Dec 2012, 13:13
This is how I solved the problem:
4 hours * (rate of R + rate of S + rate of T) = total job
5 hours * (rate of S + rate of T) = total job

equate the two, reduce them.

4*rate of R = rate of S + rate of T

Plug back into equation 2: 5*(4*rate of R) = total

20* rate of R = total
Re: RTD - Combined Worked Sum   [#permalink] 02 Dec 2012, 13:13
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