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A rat in a maze starts walking 6 feet in a straight line, then immediately turns right and walks y feet more before pausing. The rat then walks in a straight line back to where it started, and then, without pausing, continues walking in this direction for another 2 feet before it stops. For how much time did the rat spend walking?

(1) y = 8
(2) The rat completed its walk 6 minutes after it started walking.
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Correct Answer: E

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(1) This allows us to calculate the length of the rat's walk in feet. The rat walked 6 feet, then 8 feet, then 10 feet (since the rat's path has described a right triangle back to the starting point, and the lengths 6, 8, and 10 are multiples of a 3 : 4 : 5 triangle. The rat then continues for 2 feet, so we have all the lengths: 6, 8, 10, and 2. That sums to 26 feet, but does not give us the time spent walking. Accordingly, the statement is insufficient.

(2) This gives us the complete time of the rat's "journey," but we don't know the length of the time spent walking, as opposed to pausing. This statement is also insufficient. Even when we take the statements together, we are not provided a rate via which to use the distance given in statement 1 to find the time spent traveling, nor do we have information regarding the duration of the rat's pause to be able to make use of the time given in statement 2. Accordingly, the correct answer is E.
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11 Aug 2014, 20:22
In my view, the correct answer should be B because we're getting the Total Time. We know that the rate didn't spend any time pausing.. So the answer should be 6 mins.

Hence (b)

Can someone please explain what my error is?

Expert help would be much appreciated.

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A rat in a maze starts walking 6 feet in a straight line, then immediately turns right and walks y feet more before pausing. The rat then walks in a straight line back to where it started, and then, without pausing, continues walking in this direction for another 2 feet before it stops. For how much time did the rat spend walking?

(1) y = 8
(2) The rat completed its walk 6 minutes after it started walking.

then immediately turns right and walks y feet more before pausing
.... the rat did pausing, but no one knows for how long

Answer E
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In my view, the correct answer should be B because we're getting the Total Time. We know that the rate didn't spend any time pausing.. So the answer should be 6 mins.

Hence (b)

Can someone please explain what my error is?

Expert help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in adv.

You are not given that the rat walks at a uniform rate/speed. You can talk about the distance covered, but you can't say anything about time. We know that he covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins but did he walk at the same rate before? We don't know. Perhaps before he covered 3 feet in 6 mins or perhaps just 1 foot in 6 mins. The question needs to clearly mention that it walks at a uniform rate.
Also, the length of the pause, though usually assumed very small, is not given.
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pratikshr wrote:
In my view, the correct answer should be B because we're getting the Total Time. We know that the rate didn't spend any time pausing.. So the answer should be 6 mins.

Hence (b)

Can someone please explain what my error is?

Expert help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in adv.

You are not given that the rat walks at a uniform rate/speed. You can talk about the distance covered, but you can't say anything about time. We know that he covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins but did he walk at the same rate before? We don't know. Perhaps before he covered 3 feet in 6 mins or perhaps just 1 foot in 6 mins. The question needs to clearly mention that it walks at a uniform rate.
Also, the length of the pause, though usually assumed very small, is not given.

The question also mentions that the mice started walking 6 feet. It never mentions if he completed it. Is it implied?
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
pratikshr wrote:
In my view, the correct answer should be B because we're getting the Total Time. We know that the rate didn't spend any time pausing.. So the answer should be 6 mins.

Hence (b)

Can someone please explain what my error is?

Expert help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in adv.

You are not given that the rat walks at a uniform rate/speed. You can talk about the distance covered, but you can't say anything about time. We know that he covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins but did he walk at the same rate before? We don't know. Perhaps before he covered 3 feet in 6 mins or perhaps just 1 foot in 6 mins. The question needs to clearly mention that it walks at a uniform rate.
Also, the length of the pause, though usually assumed very small, is not given.

The question also mentions that the mice started walking 6 feet. It never mentions if he completed it. Is it implied?

"A rat in a maze starts walking 6 feet in a straight line, then immediately turns right..."

Since we are given what he does after walking 6 feet in a straight line, it is obvious that he completed the 6 feet.
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28 Mar 2015, 23:21
Hi Karishma,

A ques for you, in your above post you mentioned that "We know that he covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins".

Statement 2 states that "rat completed its walk 6 minutes after it started walking." ; I think it means that the rat finished the entire walk, including the pause time, in 6 minutes.

Not sure how you derived that rat covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins??

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Hi Karishma,

A ques for you, in your above post you mentioned that "We know that he covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins".

Statement 2 states that "rat completed its walk 6 minutes after it started walking." ; I think it means that the rat finished the entire walk, including the pause time, in 6 minutes.

Not sure how you derived that rat covered the last 2 feet in 6 mins??

Thanks
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That's an error. He covered the entire distance in 6 mins including the pause. We don't have the rate of walking for the rat, neither do we have the duration of the pause so it is not possible to find the walking time.
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It is pretty simple and straight forward as we cannot determine the rate of walking + the pause duration hence the answer has be E. How the rat walks or in which direction is all fluff.

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