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Two water pumps, working simultaneously at their respective constant rates, took exactly four hours to fill a certain swimming pool. If the constant rate of one pump was 1.5 times the constant rate of the other, how many hours would it have taken the faster pump to fill the pool if it had worked alone at it's constant rate?

A. 5 B. 16/3 C. 11/2 D. 6 E. 20/3

Work rate problems are my weakest area. For whatever reason I get mixed up on these problem. Even knowing the answer to this question I can't figure out how it comes out to that answer. Any help would be great, thanks!

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kmasonbx wrote:

Two water pumps, working simultaneously at their respective constant rates, took exactly four hours to fill a certain swimming pool. If the constant rate of one pump was 1.5 times the constant rate of the other, how many hours would it have taken the faster pump to fill the pool if it had worked alone at it's constant rate?

A. 5 B. 16/3 C. 11/2 D. 6 E. 20/3

Work rate problems are my weakest area. For whatever reason I get mixed up on these problem. Even knowing the answer to this question I can't figure out how it comes out to that answer. Any help would be great, thanks!

Say the rate of the faster pump is x pool/hour, then the rate of the slower pump would be x/1.5=2x/3 pool/hour.

Since, the combined rate is 1/4 pool/hour, then we have that x+2x/3=1/4 --> x=3/20 pool hour.

The time is reciprocal of the rate, therefore it would take 20/3 hours the faster pump to fill the pool working alone.

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i am little confused. If i take slower pump as X then 1/X + 1/1.5X = 1/4 which would result X = 20/3 and so faster pump as 10..... where i am going wrong...

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AMITAGARWAL2 wrote:

i am little confused. If i take slower pump as X then 1/X + 1/1.5X = 1/4 which would result X = 20/3 and so faster pump as 10..... where i am going wrong...

In my solution x is the rate in your solution x is the time.

In your solution x is the time of the faster pump and 1.5x is the time of the slower pump (faster pump needs less time).

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kmasonbx wrote:

Two water pumps, working simultaneously at their respective constant rates, took exactly four hours to fill a certain swimming pool. If the constant rate of one pump was 1.5 times the constant rate of the other, how many hours would it have taken the faster pump to fill the pool if it had worked alone at it's constant rate?

A. 5 B. 16/3 C. 11/2 D. 6 E. 20/3

Work rate problems are my weakest area. For whatever reason I get mixed up on these problem. Even knowing the answer to this question I can't figure out how it comes out to that answer. Any help would be great, thanks!

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Skag55 wrote:

I did, A+B = 4 A = 1.5B

4-B = 1.5B => B = 8/5

Why is this wrong?

We are told that "two water pumps, working simultaneously at their respective constant rates, took exactly four hours to fill a certain swimming pool".

If one pump needs A hours to fill the pool (rate=1/A) and another need B hours to fill the same pool (rate=1/B), then 1/A + 1/B = 1/4.

Solving 1/A + 1/B = 1/4 and A = 1.5B gives A=10 and B=20/3.

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AMITAGARWAL2 wrote:

yes it does. Thanks...

Let me elaborate the math so that it's absolutely clear:

Let's calculate the combined rate first:

Rate x Time = Work Rate x 4 = 1 [It takes 4 hours for both the pumps to fill up the pool] Rate = 1/4 [So, 1/4 is the rate for the pumps working together]

Now, the let's assume the rate for the slower pump is x ; so the rate for the faster pump will be 1.5x

According to our previous calculations, Slower pump + faster pump = 1/4 x + 1.5x = 1/4 2.5x = 1/4 x = 1/10 [slower pump's rate]

so, the faster pump's rate is 1/10 x 1.5 = 3/20

Now let's calculate the time it will take for the faster pump

Rate x Time = Work 3/20 x Time = 1 Time = 1 x 20/3 = 20/3 the answer

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kmasonbx wrote:

Two water pumps, working simultaneously at their respective constant rates, took exactly four hours to fill a certain swimming pool. If the constant rate of one pump was 1.5 times the constant rate of the other, how many hours would it have taken the faster pump to fill the pool if it had worked alone at it's constant rate?

A. 5 B. 16/3 C. 11/2 D. 6 E. 20/3

Work rate problems are my weakest area. For whatever reason I get mixed up on these problem. Even knowing the answer to this question I can't figure out how it comes out to that answer. Any help would be great, thanks!

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Hi Salvetor,

Yes, your approach is correct. In 'Work' questions, there are usually several different ways to organize the given information, but they all end up involving a ratio at some point.

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Salvetor wrote:

kmasonbx wrote:

Two water pumps, working simultaneously at their respective constant rates, took exactly four hours to fill a certain swimming pool. If the constant rate of one pump was 1.5 times the constant rate of the other, how many hours would it have taken the faster pump to fill the pool if it had worked alone at it's constant rate?

A. 5 B. 16/3 C. 11/2 D. 6 E. 20/3

Work rate problems are my weakest area. For whatever reason I get mixed up on these problem. Even knowing the answer to this question I can't figure out how it comes out to that answer. Any help would be great, thanks!

Somebody confirm whether this is a right approach to do this type of problem or not. Thanks

I got all of this, and I get the whole logic, even why you have to flip etc. The only part I didn't get is why 1/x + 1/1.5x gives you a numerator (1.5+1)/1.5x rather than (1.5x+x)/1.5x.......I get the denominator, it's just the numerator part which confuses me, seems like I missed a fundamental concept in fractions.

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