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Bunuel wrote: A road crew painted two black lines across a road as shown in the figure above, to mark the start and end of a 1mile stretch. Between the two black lines, they will paint across the road a red line at each third of a mile, a white line at each fifth of a mile, and a blue line at each eighth of a mile. What is the smallest distance (in miles) between any of the painted lines on this stretch of highway?
(A) 0 (B) 1/120 (C) 1/60 (D) 1/40 (E) 1/30 Although I couldn't see any given Figures however the solution is as mentioned below:1/8 = 0.125 i.e. Markings will be at {.125, .25, .375, .5, .625, .75, .875}1/5 = 0.2 i.e. Markings will be at {.2, .4, .6, .8}1/3 = 0.33 i.e. Markings will be at {.33, .66)Let's say we have 1 mile stretch as mentioned below  (.125) (.2) (.25) (.33) (.375) (.4) (.5) (.6) (.625) (.66) (.75) (.8) (.875) The Set of all values become {.125, .2, .25, .33, .375, .4, .5, .6, .625, .66, .75, .8, .875} Hence the smallest possible difference between any two consecutive numbers will be the smallest piece cut and i.e. 0.4 0.375 = .025 = 25/1000 = 1/40 Answer: Option
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since iam not so good with decimals took the lcm of 8,5,3 which is 120 so if the length of the road is 120 the markings for 1/8 are 15,30,45,60,75,90,105,120 for 1/5 are 24, 48, 72,96 and 120. for 1/3 are 40, 80,120 so the min difference is between 48  45=3 sinc3e the distance is to be found in 1 mile so the ans is 3/120 =1/40 hence D



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red line at each third of a mile = \(\frac{1}{3} , \frac{2}{3} , \frac{3}{3}.\) white line at each fifth of a mile = \(\frac{1}{5} , \frac{2}{5} , \frac{3}{5} , \frac{4}{5} , \frac{5}{5}.\) blue line at each eighth of a mile = \(\frac{1}{8} , \frac{2}{8} , \frac{3}{8} , \frac{4}{8} , \frac{5}{8} ,\frac{6}{8} ,\frac{7}{8} ,\frac{8}{8}.\) LCM of all three Denominators = 3 * 5 * 8 = 120 (I prefer the LCM approach too ,makes it much simpler to look at these numbers, + that's how answers are written too)red line at each third of a mile = \(\frac{40}{120} , \frac{80}{120} , \frac{120}{120}.\)
white line at each fifth of a mile = \(\frac{24}{120} , \frac{48}{120} , \frac{72}{120} , \frac{96}{120} , \frac{120}{120}.\)
blue line at each eighth of a mile = \(\frac{15}{120} , \frac{30}{120} , \frac{45}{120} , \frac{60}{120} , \frac{75}{120} ,\frac{90}{120} ,\frac{105}{120} ,\frac{120}{120}.\) look at the options that are closest to each other (\(\frac{48}{120}\), \(\frac{45}{120}\) ) and (\(\frac{72}{120}\) ,\(\frac{75}{120}\) ) closest with difference of = \(\frac{3}{120}\) = \(\frac{1}{3}\) Ans: D
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Bunuel wrote: A road crew painted two black lines across a road as shown in the figure above, to mark the start and end of a 1mile stretch. Between the two black lines, they will paint across the road a red line at each third of a mile, a white line at each fifth of a mile, and a blue line at each eighth of a mile. What is the smallest distance (in miles) between any of the painted lines on this stretch of highway? (A) 0 (B) 1/120 (C) 1/60 (D) 1/40 (E) 1/30 Attachment: 20150604_1523.png MANHATTAN GMAT OFFICIAL SOLUTION:When comparing fractional pieces of a whole, we must find a common denominator. In this case, the 1mile stretch is divided in thirds, fifths, and eighths. The smallest common denominator of 3, 5, and 8 is 120. If the 1mile highway is divided into 120 equal increments, where will the red, white, and blue marks fall? Red (thirds): 40, 80 (out of 120 increments) White (fifths): 24, 48, 72, 96 (out of 120 increments) Blue (eighths): 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105 (out of 120 increments) The smallest distance between two marks is 75 – 72 = 3 or 48 – 45 = 3. This equates to 3/120, or 1/40 miles. The correct answer is D.
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Bunuel wrote: Bunuel wrote: A road crew painted two black lines across a road as shown in the figure above, to mark the start and end of a 1mile stretch. Between the two black lines, they will paint across the road a red line at each third of a mile, a white line at each fifth of a mile, and a blue line at each eighth of a mile. What is the smallest distance (in miles) between any of the painted lines on this stretch of highway? (A) 0 (B) 1/120 (C) 1/60 (D) 1/40 (E) 1/30 Attachment: 20150604_1523.png MANHATTAN GMAT OFFICIAL SOLUTION:When comparing fractional pieces of a whole, we must find a common denominator. In this case, the 1mile stretch is divided in thirds, fifths, and eighths. The smallest common denominator of 3, 5, and 8 is 120. If the 1mile highway is divided into 120 equal increments, where will the red, white, and blue marks fall? Red (thirds): 40, 80 (out of 120 increments) White (fifths): 24, 48, 72, 96 (out of 120 increments) Blue (eighths): 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105 (out of 120 increments) The smallest distance between two marks is 75 – 72 = 3 or 48 – 45 = 3. This equates to 3/120, or 1/40 miles. The correct answer is D.Similar question to practice: onthenumberlineabovethesegmentfrom0to1hasbeen104204.htmlkimfindsa1metertreebranchandmarksitoffinthirds140038.htmlifthesuccessivetickmarksshownonthenumberlineabove144053.htmlastraightpipe1yardinlengthwasmarkedoffinfourths145031.html
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Not sure if this works...but this is how I approached this question.
We have paint in 1/3, 1/5, and 1/8 increments. The smallest distance between two lines has to have a denominator that is at most the denominator of two of these increments (e.g. 5*3=15, 8*3 = 24, 8*5 = 40). I say at most because we may be able to reduce the fraction.
A clearly can't be the answer, and using the logic above B and C cannot be the answer as well. Now I pick multiples of (1/8) and multiples of (1/5) to see if (1/40) works. If I have a denominator of 40, then for (1/5) I'm looking at intervals of 8, 16, 24, 32, 40. And for 1/8 I'm looking for intervals of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40. As you can see this works for 16/40 (which is 2/5) and 15/40 (which is 3/8). (D)
(A) 0 (B) 1/120 (C) 1/60 (D) 1/40 (E) 1/30




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