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If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?

A. 2 hours and 24 minutes
B. 3 hours and 12 minutes
C. 3 hours and 44 minutes
D. 4 hours and 10 minutes
E. 4 hours and 33 minutes
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New post 02 Nov 2012, 11:16
Hello...

Sally can paint a house in 4 hours; Which means in 1 hour she can paint 1/4th of the house.
John can paint the same house in 6 hours. Which means in 1 hour she can paint 1/6th of the house.

Together in 1 hour they can paint: - 1/4 + 1/6 = 5/12th of the house.

Total Hours for painting the house together will be 12/5 = 2.4 Hours.

Hence Answer A

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Sally can paint a house in 4 hours; Which means in 1 hour she can paint 1/4th of the house.
John can paint the same house in 6 hours. Which means in 1 hour she can paint 1/6th of the house.

Together in 1 hour they can paint: - 1/4 + 1/6 = 5/12th of the house.

Total Hours for painting the house together will be 12/5 = 2.4 Hours.

Hence Answer A


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shrinivas280390 wrote:
Hello...

Sally can paint a house in 4 hours; Which means in 1 hour she can paint 1/4th of the house.
John can paint the same house in 6 hours. Which means in 1 hour she can paint 1/6th of the house.

Together in 1 hour they can paint: - 1/4 + 1/6 = 5/12th of the house.

Total Hours for painting the house together will be 12/5 = 2.4 Hours.

Hence Answer A


Thanks a lot :) I really made a stupid mistake :/


It'd be interesting how to use elimination techniques solving this problem? :?:

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MariaF wrote:
Guys, help me please to solve this easy problem. I think I just make a stupid mistake :(
If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?

A. 2 hours and 24 minutes
B. 3 hours and 12 minutes
C. 3 hours and 44 minutes
D. 4 hours and 10 minutes
E. 4 hours and 33 minutes


Time taken will be = x*y/x+y = 4*6/4+6 [ A]

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MariaF wrote:
Guys, help me please to solve this easy problem. I think I just make a stupid mistake :(
If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?

A. 2 hours and 24 minutes
B. 3 hours and 12 minutes
C. 3 hours and 44 minutes
D. 4 hours and 10 minutes
E. 4 hours and 33 minutes


Time taken will be = x*y/x+y = 4*6/4+6 [ A]


Nice trick, I have to remember it, x*y/(x+y)
and if it would be three workers is it equal x*y*z/(x+y+z)?

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MariaF wrote:
Guys, help me please to solve this easy problem. I think I just make a stupid mistake :(
If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?

A. 2 hours and 24 minutes
B. 3 hours and 12 minutes
C. 3 hours and 44 minutes
D. 4 hours and 10 minutes
E. 4 hours and 33 minutes


Time taken will be = x*y/x+y = 4*6/4+6 [ A]


Nice trick, I have to remember it, x*y/(x+y)
and if it would be three workers is it equal x*y*z/(x+y+z)?


No, for 3 workers it will be quite a complicated formula : x*y*z/xy+yz+zx
Better to use reciprocal formula for other cases

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\(\frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{6}=\frac{10}{24}=\frac{5}{12}\)

\(Rt=W -> \frac{5houses}{12hrs}xt=1\)
\(t=\frac{12}{5}=2\frac{2}{5}hours=2 hours and 24 minutes\)

Answer: B
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\(W=\frac{AB}{A+B}\) where A and B are rates and W is the work done.

A=4; B=6
\(W=\frac{24}{10}\)

To convert to minutes \(= \frac{24}{10}*60 = 144\) minutes
120+24 minutes , i.e 2 hours and 24 mins
Answer is A
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If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?

A. 2 hours and 24 minutes
B. 3 hours and 12 minutes
C. 3 hours and 44 minutes
D. 4 hours and 10 minutes
E. 4 hours and 33 minutes


We can solve this question quickly by using a little number sense.

Sally can paint a house in 4 hours
So, if there were TWO Sallys, they'd be able to paint the house in HALF the time.
In other words, TWO Sallys could paint the house in 2 hours

John can paint the same house in 6 hours
So, if there were TWO Johns, they'd be able to paint the house in HALF the time.
In other words, TWO Johns could paint the house in 3 hours

So, the time it takes Sally and John to paint the house will be BETWEEN 2 hours and 3 hours

This allows us to eliminate B, C, D, and E

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If Sally can paint a house in 4 hours, and John can paint the same house in 6 hour, how long will it take for both of them to paint the house together?

Work Done Together =

\(\frac{ab}{a + b}\)

\(= \frac{4 * 6}{4 + 6}\)

\(= \frac{24}{10}\)

= 2.4 Hrs

= 2 Hours 60 * 0.4 Min

= 2 Hrs 24 Mins


Hence, Answer is A
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