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# John can shovel a driveway in 50 minutes. If Mary can shovel the drive

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John can shovel a driveway in 50 minutes. If Mary can shovel the driveway in 20 minutes, how long will it take them, to the nearest minute, to shovel the driveway if they work together?

A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 16
E. 18

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Re: John can shovel a driveway in 50 minutes. If Mary can shovel the drive  [#permalink]

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Since both of them are trying to do the same work so the work done can be taken as 1 in this case.
Using, Rate * time = Work

John's Rate, R(J) = Work / Time = 1/50
Mary's Rate, R(M) = Work / time = 1/20

If they are working together then their rates will be added up. So, combined Rate = R(J) + R(M) = 1/50 + 1/20 = 2/100 + 5/100 = 7/100

Time taken by both working together = Work / Rate = 1/ (7/100) = 100/7 min = 14.3 mins

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John can shovel a driveway in 50 minutes. If Mary can shovel the driveway in 20 minutes, how long will it take them, to the nearest minute, to shovel the driveway if they work together?

A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 16
E. 18

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Re: John can shovel a driveway in 50 minutes. If Mary can shovel the drive   [#permalink] 21 Dec 2018, 22:36
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