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An empty pool being filled with water at a constant rate takes 8hours to fill to 3/5 of its capacity.how much more time will it take to finish filling the pool?

A. 5hr 30min
B. 5hr 20min
C. 4hr 48min
D. 3 hr 12min
E. 2hr 40 min




Does 3/5 hour in 8 Hour.

Rest of the job = 1-3/5
= 2/5

3/5 work in 8 hour
2/5 work in = 8x5x2 / 3x8 =16/3

so. 5 hour 20 minutes.

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Here is another quick way to find the solution.

3/5 of the pool is filled in 8 hours. Therefore, in total it takes 8/(3/5) hours to fill the pool.

Hence, 8/(3/5) - 8 = Remaining hours required to fill the pool
8/(3/5) - 8
= 40/3 - 24/3
= 16/3
= 5 and 1/3 hours or 5 hours and 20 minutes

Answer is B

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GMATD11 wrote:
An empty pool being filled with water at a constant rate takes 8hours to fill to 3/5 of its capacity. how much more time will it take to finish filling the pool?
a)5hr 30min
b)5hr 20min
c)4hr 48min
d)3 hr 12min
e) 2hr 40 min


As pool is filled to 3/5 of its capacity then 2/5 of its capacity is left to fill.

To fill 3/5 of the pool took 8 hours --> to fill 2/5 of the pool will take 8/(3/5)*2/5=16/3 hours = 5 hours 20 minutes (because if t is the time needed to fill the pool then t*3/5=8 --> t=8*5/3 hours --> to fill 2/5 of the pool 8*5/3*2/5=16/3 hours will be needed).

Or plug values: take the capacity of the pool to be 5 liters --> 3/5 of the pool or 3 liters is filled in 8 hours, which gives the rate of 3/8 liters per hour --> remaining 2 liters will require: time = job/rate = 2/(3/8) = 16/3 hours = 5 hours 20 minutes.

Answer: B.


it took 8 hours to fill 3/5 of pool. Can't we consider it would have taken 2 hours to fill 1/5th of pool as rate is constant. so it will take 4hours to fill remaining 2/5th of pool ?

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ammuseeru wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
GMATD11 wrote:
An empty pool being filled with water at a constant rate takes 8hours to fill to 3/5 of its capacity. how much more time will it take to finish filling the pool?
a)5hr 30min
b)5hr 20min
c)4hr 48min
d)3 hr 12min
e) 2hr 40 min


As pool is filled to 3/5 of its capacity then 2/5 of its capacity is left to fill.

To fill 3/5 of the pool took 8 hours --> to fill 2/5 of the pool will take 8/(3/5)*2/5=16/3 hours = 5 hours 20 minutes (because if t is the time needed to fill the pool then t*3/5=8 --> t=8*5/3 hours --> to fill 2/5 of the pool 8*5/3*2/5=16/3 hours will be needed).

Or plug values: take the capacity of the pool to be 5 liters --> 3/5 of the pool or 3 liters is filled in 8 hours, which gives the rate of 3/8 liters per hour --> remaining 2 liters will require: time = job/rate = 2/(3/8) = 16/3 hours = 5 hours 20 minutes.

Answer: B.


it took 8 hours to fill 3/5 of pool. Can't we consider it would have taken 2 hours to fill 1/5th of pool as rate is constant. so it will take 4hours to fill remaining 2/5th of pool ?


HOW did you get this?

8 hours to fill 3/5 of pool
So, to fill 1/5th of the pool it'll take 3 times less, so 8/3 hours. Therefore to fill 2/5th it'll take twice as much time, so 16/3 hours.
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New post 22 Oct 2017, 05:09
Lets assume tank capacity is 100 ml

So 8 hrs ----for 3/5*100 =60 ml
x hrs------40 ml

So ....8/60 = x/40

x= 5.30

where am i going wrong here?

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thanks Bunuel but 16/3 =5.33 which would be equal to 5.30 then how come the answer is 5.20

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GMATD11 wrote:
An empty pool being filled with water at a constant rate takes 8hours to fill to 3/5 of its capacity.how much more time will it take to finish filling the pool?

A. 5hr 30min
B. 5hr 20min
C. 4hr 48min
D. 3 hr 12min
E. 2hr 40 min

45-second approach: Find rate of filling. Find work remaining. Find time needed to finish: Work divided by rate equals time (to fill volume that needs filling).

What is rate of filling?
\(\frac{Work}{time} = rate\)

RATE = \(\frac{(\frac{3}{5})}{8} = (\frac{3}{5}*\frac{1}{8})= \frac{3}{40}\)

How much work remaining?
\(1 - (\frac{3}{5}) = (\frac{5}{5} - \frac{3}{5})= \frac{2}{5}\)

How much time to finish remaining work? \(\frac{Work}{rate} = time\)

Work remaining = \(\frac{2}{5}\)
Rate = \(\frac{3}{40}\)

\(\frac{(\frac{2}{5})}{(\frac{3}{40})}\) =

\(\frac{2}{5} *
\frac{40}{3} = 5\frac{1}{3}hrs\)

Multiply any fraction of an hour by 60 to get minutes.* In cases where you already have the hours, and you need hours plus minutes, use only the fraction. (Do not include the 5 here.)

\(\frac{1}{3}hr * 60 =\) 20 minutes

\(5\frac{1}{3}hrs\) = 5 hours, 20 minutes

Answer B

*Because:

\(\frac{1hr}{3} * \frac{60min}{1hr} =\) 20 minutes, where hours cancel

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