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# Machines A, B, and C can either load nails into a bin or unload nails

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30 Nov 2009, 07:57
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(A) 12 minutes
(B) 15 minutes
(C) 18 minutes
(D) 36 minutes
(E) 54 minutes

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30 Nov 2009, 08:18
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I guess a similar question was posted by Bunel sometime back.. anyhow here it is

(A) 12 minutes
(B) 15 minutes
(C) 18 minutes
(D) 36 minutes
(E) 54 minutes

A and B together = 1/a + 1/b = 1/6

B and C together = 1/b + 1/c = 1/9

We need to know the answer to 1/a - 1/c

From equation 2: 1/b = 1/9 - 1/c
substitute into equation 1

1/a + 1/9 - 1/c = 1/6
1/a - 1/c = 1/18

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25 Jun 2015, 08:42
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kirankp wrote:
I guess a similar question was posted by Bunuel sometime back.. anyhow here it is

(A) 12 minutes
(B) 15 minutes
(C) 18 minutes
(D) 36 minutes
(E) 54 minutes

Bumping up. Moderator should edit in answer.
$$\frac{1}{6}$$ - $$\frac{1}{9}$$ = $$\frac{1}{18}$$
D. 18 minutes.

This works because $$\frac{a+b}{ab}$$ - $$\frac{b+c}{bc}$$ = $$\frac{c-a}{ac}$$ and $$\frac{1}{a}$$ - $$\frac{1}{c}$$ = $$\frac{c-a}{ac}$$
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Re: Machines A, B, and C can either load nails into a bin or unload nails [#permalink]

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25 Jun 2015, 08:47
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Re: Machines A, B, and C can either load nails into a bin or unload nails [#permalink]

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25 Jun 2015, 08:49
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kirankp wrote:
I guess a similar question was posted by Bunuel sometime back.. anyhow here it is

(A) 12 minutes
(B) 15 minutes
(C) 18 minutes
(D) 36 minutes
(E) 54 minutes

Bumping up. Moderator should edit in answer.
$$\frac{1}{6}$$ - $$\frac{1}{9}$$ = $$\frac{1}{18}$$
D. 18 minutes.

This works because $$\frac{a+b}{ab}$$ - $$\frac{b+c}{bc}$$ = $$\frac{c-a}{ac}$$ and $$\frac{1}{a}$$ - $$\frac{1}{c}$$ = $$\frac{c-a}{ac}$$

Ans is ok as it is it is C which is 18 and D is 36...
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Re: Machines A, B, and C can either load nails into a bin or unload nails   [#permalink] 25 Jun 2015, 08:49
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