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It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete? A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM
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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM To complete the job 6*10=60 man/hours are needed. By 5:00 PM 6*6=36 man/hour done. 24 is left. 5:00 PM  6:00 PM 7 man/hour; 6:00 PM  7:00 PM 8 man/hour; 7:00 PM  8:00 PM 9 man/hour. 7+8+9=24. Answer: C.
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6Techs can complete the job in 10 hours. 6 Techs can do 1/10 job in 1 hour 1 Tech can do 1/(6*10) = 1/60 job in 1 hour.
Now 6 techs worked from 11.00Am tp 5.00PM means they worked for 6 hours. 6Techs worked for 6 hours = 6/10 job completed. From 5.00 PM to 6.00 Pm a tech is added, so 7 Techs worked for 1 hour = 7/60 job Total job completed at 6.00PM is = 6/10+7/60 = 43/60 job done.
From 6.00 PM to 7.00 Pm a tech is added, so 8 Techs worked for 1 hour = 8/60 job Total job completed at 7.00PM is = 43/60 + 8/60 = 51/60 job done.
From 7.00 PM to 8.00 Pm a tech is added, so 9 Techs worked for 1 hour = 9/60 job Total job completed at 7.00PM is = 51/60 + 9/60 = 60/60 job done. Job is COMPLETE.
Job is complete at 8.00PM. The total number of hours is 9 hours.




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Great explanation by both!! Kudos!!!
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This is how I approach it: Because 6 men started at 11am and the addition of another man occurs after 5. Therefore, the amount of work done by 5pm will be = (1/10)X(1711)= 6/10 The remaining work will thus be = 4/10
(1/10)t+(1/60)[t+(t+1)+...+(t+n)]=(4/10) (1/10)t+(1/60)[Summation formula: ((tX(t+1))/2)]=4/10
Because t cannot be negative; therefore t=3 3+5=8
Could someone please verify that this method will work for any rate question presented. Thanks.



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6 person can complete the job in 10 hours. Rate of work per person per hour = x W=R*T 1=6x*10 x=1/60 Work done by 6 persons for 6 hours at rate of (1/60)= 6*6*(1/60) = 6/10 Remaining Work = 16/10 = 4/10 4/10 = Y(1/60) Y=24; at 5 pm no of persons were 7, at 6pm: 8, at 7pm :9persons, 7+8+9=24 Answer C it took 3 hours after 5pm, to complete the task.
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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM We should never, everrr make questions too complicated to infer and solve... 6 tech total of 10 hours... let me assume total of 60 units of work... 1 tech in 1 hr does 1 unit of work..... 11:00 am to 5:pm  6 hours so, total work done by 6 tech in 6 hrs will be 36 unit. ( 6*6) now a new person gets added every hour after 5:00PM 11:005:00  36 unit 5:006:00  7 unit ( 6 tech were doing 6 unit in 1 hr, now since a new person has been added, the work increases to 7 unit) 6:007:00  8 unit ( another guy added) 7:008:00 9 unit ( another guys added making total 9 person in the work field) 36+7+8+9 = 60. so by 8:00PM 60 units of work was completed by the group.... Bingo..!!!!
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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM 1. Originally 6 people work for 60 man hours 2. Additional people work for 6 man hours 3. So to complete the same task since the same man hours is taken , the original 6 people work for 6 man hours less. i.e., they work for 606=54 man hours i.e., they work for 9 hours each 4 . In other words if they start the task at 11 A.M , they complete the task at 8:00 PM The answer is choice C.
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Bunuel wrote: Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM To complete the job 6*10=60 man/hours are needed. By 5:00 PM 6*6=36 man/hour done. 24 is left. 5:00 PM  6:00 PM 7 man/hour; 6:00 PM  7:00 PM 8 man/hour; 7:00 PM  8:00 PM 9 man/hour. 7+8+9=24. Answer: C. Makes me giggle how Bunuel always finds a simple yet understood solution! Though first I struggle to understand the problem and the previous posters' solutions! Thanks Bunuel!



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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM 6man, 10 hours = 1 full work 6 hours = 3/5 work done. due = 1 3/5 = 2/5 6 men 10 hours so 7 men 60/7 hours to complete a job so, 7 men 1 hour = 7/60 8 men 1 hour = 8/60 9 men 1 hour = 9/60 .......................................... + 3 hours = 24/60 = 2/5 parts of total works. so 5+3 = 8pm (Answer)



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Man * Days * hours = Work done
6 people * 10 hours = 60 units
6 people * (11AM to 5 PM) 6 hours = 36
Work left 6036 = 24
56 : 7 people = 7 units 67 : 8 people = 8 units 78: 9 people = 9 units Total = 24 units
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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM Can someone explain how this fits into the standard w=r*t formula? I feel like that learning that formula was useless, because every time I try and apply it to one of these problems, it's wrong. "It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?" I tried this: If the rate of a technician is \(\frac{1}{T}\), and you have 6 technicians working from 95, then their hourly rate should be 6/T, so using w=r*t \(w=8*\frac{6}{t}\), so W=\(\frac{48}{T}\). But then what do I do after that?



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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM So we need 60 hours men to finish the work 6 technitians will work for 6 hours hence they will do 36 hours. We now have 24 hours men left to complete At 6pm  7 hours men = 24  7 = 17 At 7pm  8 hours men= 178 = 9 At 8pm 9 hours men = Job Done Hence answer is (C) Hope it helps Cheers! J



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Hussain15 wrote: It takes 6 technicians a total of 10 hours to build and program a new server from Direct Computer, with each working at the same rate. If six technicians start to build the server at 11:00 AM, and one technician per hour is added beginning at 5:00 PM, at what time will the server be complete?
A. 7:30 PM B. 7:45 PM C. 8:00 PM D. 9:00 AM E. 10:00 PM My take is Option C. I followed a simple approach: 6 technicians will take total of 10 hours => Total manhours required = 60 man hours 1 Technician added per hour after 5:00 PM..Hmm okay.. Total manhours completed till 5 PM = 6*^ = 36 manhours (11 am  5 pm => 6 hoours) Manhours from 5 PM  6 PM = (6 + 1) man * 1 hour = 7 manhours Manhours from 6 PM  7 PM = (7 + 1) man * 1 hour = 8 manhours Manhours from 7 PM  8 PM = (8 + 1) man * 1 hour = 9 manhours Total manhours till 8 PM = 36 + 7 + 8 + 9 manhours = 60 manhours. Hence option C Thanks, Chanakya Hit kudos if you like the explanation



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it takes (6)(10)=60 technician hours to complete job (6)(6)=36 technician hours completed from 11:00am to 5:00pm 6036=24 technician hours remaining at 5:00pm ratio of technician hours (t) needed to actual hours (h) needed→ t/h=(h+13)/2 24/h=(h+13)/2 h=3 8:00pm
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my approach is the one that bunnuel gave for such types of questions.. total parts to build  60 total parts 6 build in 1 hour = 6 parts.. so for 6 hours, they build 36 parts at 6 hour, 1 technician is added. in hour 7, 7 parts were built. so 36+7 = 43 in hour 8, another technician is added, so built 8 parts = 43+8=51. in hour 9, another technician is added, so built 9 parts = 51+9=60  total number of parts.
so it takes 9 hours co complete if they start at 11AM, then they will finish at 20:00 or 8PM.



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total time needed o finish= 6 peeps * 10 hours = 60 hours 6 workers working together > starting from 11am to 5pm i.e., 6 hours = 6*6 = 36 hours work done remaining = 24 hours work 7 hours work in 1st hour 8 in 2nd hr 9 in 3rd hr  24 in 3hrs > 5pm + 3hrs > 8pm 
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Bunuel wrote: Bumping for review and further discussion*. Get a kudos point for an alternative solution! *New project from GMAT Club!!! Check HEREHi, another method, though not easy and as simple as manhours is in 6 hours, \(\frac{6}{10}\)work is completed... left is \(\frac{4}{10}\).. 1 hour work of 6 is \(\frac{1}{10}\)... and 1 hr work of 1 is\(\frac{1}{60}\).. so from 5 pm onwards an AP can be formed.. \(\frac{1}{10} + \frac{1}{60} + \frac{1}{10}+\frac{2}{60} +\)... let the hour required be x.. then\(\frac{1}{10}+\frac{1}{60} +\frac{1}{10} +\frac{2}{60}+.... \frac{1}{10} + \frac{x}{60}= 1\frac{6}{10}\) \(\frac{x}{10} + \frac{1}{60} ( 1+2+..+x) = \frac{4}{10}\).. \(\frac{x}{10} + \frac{1}{60}*\frac{x(x+1)}{2}=\frac{4}{10}\).. \(12x + x^2 + x = 48\).. \(x^2 + 13x 48 =0\).. \(x^2 + 16x  3x 48 =0\).. \((x+16)(x3) =0\).. so x=3 .. time = \(5+3=8pm\)
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So I generally solve a Manwork question using the following method however I having an issue following that approach. Can somebody egmat help? 11 am to 5 pm is 6 hours ManTimeWork 610hw 110hw/6 11hw/60 16h(w/60)*6= w/10 66h(w/10)*6= (3w/5) So now 2/5th of work is remaining. As per the approach explained by the egmat course when the total work is finite ( as in this case) we multiply and divide the work( by number of men and time) as required by the question and then finally equate that to total work "W". I am unable to apply that approach here as with each hour the number of men is increasing. After a lot of struggle I have finally been able to find a method that works for me which is why I want to follow this one and change my approach again. Regards, Shradha




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