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Jonathan can type a 20 page document in 40 minutes, Susan can type it in 30 minutes, and Jack can type it in 24 minutes. Working together, how much time will it take them to type the same document?

A. 5 minutes
B. 10 minutes
C. 15 minutes
D. 18 minutes
E. 20 minutes
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30. Jonathan can type a 20 page document in 40 minutes, Susan can type it in 30 minutes, and Jack can type it in 24 minutes. Working together, how much time will it take them to type the same document?

A. 5 minutes
B. 10 minutes
C. 15 minutes
D. 18 minutes
E. 20 minutes


J=20/40=1/2per min
S=20/30=2/3per min
JK=20/24=5/6per min

In one min together 1/2+2/3+5/6=12/6=2 pages.

For 20 pages=20/2=10

B.
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You may set up common equation like this:

job/A+job/B+job/C=job/x
Memorize this universal formula, you will need it definitely for GMAT.

and find x from this equation
In this specific case, the equation will look like this:

20/40+20/30+20/24=20/x
If you solve this equation, you get the same answer D (10)

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I will go with option B)10

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Bunuel wrote:
timmaxwell8 wrote:
30. Jonathan can type a 20 page document in 40 minutes, Susan can type it in 30 minutes, and Jack can type it in 24 minutes. Working together, how much time will it take them to type the same document?

A. 5 minutes
B. 10 minutes
C. 15 minutes
D. 18 minutes
E. 20 minutes


J=20/40=1/2per min
S=20/30=2/3per min
JK=20/24=5/6per min

In one min together 1/2+2/3+5/6=12/6=2 pages.

For 20 pages=20/2=10

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If the work involved here is to type the 20page document we can even avoid calculating time taken per page.
will this apporach backfire?

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1/40+1/30+1/24 = 24/240 = 1/10 work per min = 10 min to complete work :wink:
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Formula for time taken by 3 guys is:

t1*t2*t3 / ( t1*t2 + t2*t3 + t3*t1 ) , this might be lead to a faster calculation :)

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New post 28 Nov 2017, 07:51
Apply W=R*T formula

r(Johnathan)=1/2
r(Susan)=2/3
r(Jack)=5/6

1/2+2/3+5/6
r(total)=2 pages/minute

Therefore , applying this back to rate work formula, we get

20=2*T
T=10 minutes

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timmaxwell8 wrote:
Jonathan can type a 20 page document in 40 minutes, Susan can type it in 30 minutes, and Jack can type it in 24 minutes. Working together, how much time will it take them to type the same document?

A. 5 minutes
B. 10 minutes
C. 15 minutes
D. 18 minutes
E. 20 minutes


Jonathan has a rate of 20/40 = 1/2 page per minute, Susan has a rate of 20/30 = 2/3, and Jack has a rate of 20/24 = 5/6.

The combined rate of all 3 is:

1/2 + 2/3 + 5/6 = 3/6 + 4/6 + 5/6 = 12/6 = 2. Thus, if we let t = the time it takes them to work together:

2t = 20

t = 10

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In 1 minute:
- Jonathan can type: 20/40 = 1/2 page
- Susan can type: 20/30 = 2/3 page
- Jack can type: 20/24 = 5/6 page
=> if they work together, in 1 minute they can type: 1/2 + 2/3 + 5/6 = 2 pages
=> It takes 20/2 = 10 minutes to type a 20 page document.
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