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A company has two types of machines, type R and type S. Operating at a constant rate a machine of R does a certain job in 36 hours and a machine of type S does the job in 18 hours. If the company used the same number of each type of machine to do job in 12 hours,how many machine R were used? A. 3 B. 4 C. 6 D. 9 E. 12
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samrand wrote: A company has two types of machines,type R and type S.Operating at a constant rate a machine of R does a certain job in 36 hours and a machine of type S does the job in 18 hours .If the company used the same number of each type of machine to do job in 12 hours,how many machine R were used? A.3 B.4 C.6 D.9 E.12 Answer:C But how? Rate of A  \(\frac{1}{36}\) job/hour, rate of x machines of A  \(\frac{1}{36}x\) job/hour; Rate of B  \(\frac{1}{18}\) job/hour, rate of x machines of B  \(\frac{1}{18}x\) job/hour, (same number of each type); Remember that we can sum the rates, hence combined rate of A and B is \(\frac{1}{36}x+\frac{1}{18}x=\frac{3}{36}x=\frac{1}{12}x\) job/hour. We are told that together equal number (x in our case) of machines A and B can do the job (1 job) in 12 hours > \(Time*Rate=12*\frac{1}{12}x=1=Job\) > \(x=1\). There is no correct answer listed. There must be a typo in the stem or in the answer choices. As you stated that the correct answer is C (6), I'd suggest that there should be 2 hours instead of 12. If so, then the last step: \(Time*Rate=2*\frac{1}{12}x=1=Job\) > \(x=6\).
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A company has two type of machines, type R and type S. Operating at a constant rate, a machine of type R does a certain job in 36 hours and machine of type S does the same job in 18 hours. If the company used the same number of each type of machine to do the job in 2 hours, how many machines of type R were used.
3 4 6 9 12
this is confusing me " company used the same number of each type of machine to do the job in 2 hours"



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21 Jun 2010, 08:21
@bunuel, not sure whether I am right on this, but could I go for the following solution as well (assuming that we are looking for a combined time of 2 hours):
Assumption: \(\frac{1}{A}+\frac{1}{B}=\frac{1}{x}\)
\(\frac{1}{A}=\frac{1}{36}\) \(\frac{1}{B}=\frac{1}{18}=\frac{2}{36}\) \(x=2\) = combined consumed time for task
\(y(\frac{3}{36})=\frac{1}{2}\)
And in order to end up with 18/36 = 1/2 we need y to be 6  so one can assume that we need 6machines of type R
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21 Jun 2010, 15:27
Beraterschwein, I think your solution is good. There is nothing wrong with it.
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22 Jun 2010, 07:12
How can you assume x=2? If same no. of machines S and R taken together, then the task will be done in exactly 12 hours requiring 1 machine of each type. As Bunuel mentioned, this may be a typo error for 12 instead of 2.
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22 Jun 2010, 07:22
I too get the feeling there has been a typo.. the calculations done other wise seem perfect.



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26 Jul 2010, 05:50
yes there is a typo in the question, I got the same ques on my GMAT PREP last week, and the questions goes as:
A company has two types of machines,type R and type S.Operating at a constant rate a machine of R does a certain job in 36 hours and a machine of type S does the job in 18 hours .If the company used the same number of each type of machine to do job in 2 hours,how many machine R were used?
So for a job to be done in 2 hours R = 1/2
R_a(Rate of Machine R) = 1/36 R_s(Rate of Machine S) = 1/18 Lets say x machines are used to attain the desired rate, thus x/36+x/18 = 1/2 (Desired R =1/2 i.e. to complete the job in 2 hours) (x+2x)/36 = 1/2 3x/36 = 1/2 x = 6.
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Bunuel, can you fix the typo in the original question and move this question to 500Level?



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Is it really a 700 question? I think the only thing that makes the question difficult is the typo
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samrand wrote: A company has two types of machines, type R and type S. Operating at a constant rate a machine of R does a certain job in 36 hours and a machine of type S does the job in 18 hours. If the company used the same number of each type of machine to do job in 12 hours,how many machine R were used?
A. 3 B. 4 C. 6 D. 9 E. 12 Can someone correct the typo please.
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