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Six machines, each working at the same constant rate, together can complete a certain job in 12 days. How many additional machines, each working at the same constant rate, will be needed to complete the Job in 8 days?

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Six machines, each working at the same constant rate, together can complete a certain job in 12 days. How many additional machines, each working at the same constant rate, will be needed to complete the Job in 8 days? a.2 b.3 c.4 d.6 e.8

let each machine work at rate of x days 1/x+1/x+1/x+1/x+1/x+1/x = 1/12 6/x = 1/12 x = 72 now y is number of machines needed to complete job in 8 days so, y/72 = 1/8 y = 9 required = y-x = 3 hence b.

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Six machines, each working at the same constant rate, together can complete a certain job in 12 days. How many additional machines, each working at the same constant rate, will be needed to complete the Job in 8 days?

Another solution which is faster is Since each machine works at a constant rate. The time needs to bought down from 12 to 8. So the new time is 2/3 of the original time. Thus to achieve this we need the rate to be 3/2 of original.

So 3/2* 6 = 9

So we need 9-6 = 3 more machines. _________________

Six machines, each working at the same constant rate, together can complete a certain job in 12 days. How many additional machines, each working at the same constant rate, will be needed to complete the job in 8 days?

A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 6 E. 8

Let \(x\) be the time needed for 1 machine to complete the job, so rate of one machine is \(\frac{1}{x}\) (rate is the reciprocal of time) --> rate of 6 machines would be \(\frac{6}{x}\).

As \(job=time*rate\) --> \(1=12*\frac{6}{x}\) --> \(x=72\) days needed for 1 machine to complete the job.

To complete the job in 8 days \(\frac{72}{8}=9\) machines are needed.

Another solution which is faster is Since each machine works at a constant rate. The time needs to bought down from 12 to 8. So the new time is 2/3 of the original time. Thus to achieve this we need the rate to be 3/2 of original.

So 3/2* 6 = 9

So we need 9-6 = 3 more machines. _________________

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Actually, this was more simple than I thought. When I first saw this, I started to panic thinking it's a rate question. But then I took a step back, and it was the simplest of calculations.

So here's the deal:

12 days -> 6 machines: 8 days -> ?

8 days means you definitely need more machines than the 6 and in such case the equation looks like-

Lets look at this way :As the rate of one machine is constant i e 1/(12*6)=1/72 .Even after addition of extra machines the rate will remain the same .Hence,if machines are x now ,the rate becomes 1/8x which is equal to 1/72. X comes out to be 9 . Machines added=9-6=3 _________________

6 machines 12 days... therefore (6*12)/8=9number of machines required to complete the job in 8 days Therefore additional machines required=9-6=3 Answer is B _________________

Hi, can someone tell me if this is really a level 700 question? I felt like this was so much easier than some of the other questions posted but its labelled as level 700.

Hi, can someone tell me if this is really a level 700 question? I felt like this was so much easier than some of the other questions posted but its labelled as level 700.

Yes its definitely not a 700 level question but then rating of a question on a forum is as per the poster. A 700 level question for me can look like a 500 for you and vice-versa. I would rather concentrate on the take aways from each question

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Six machines, each working at the same constant rate, together can complete a certain job in 12 days. How many additional machines, each working at the same constant rate, will be needed to complete the Job in 8 days?

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