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Machines X and Y run simultaneously at their respective constant rates. If machine X produces 400 bolts per hour, how many bolts do machines X and Y produce per hour?

(1) Machine X takes twice as long to produce 400 bolts as it does for machines X and Y, working together, to produce the same number of bolts.
(2) Machines X and Y produce bolts at the same rate.

Guys - I always struggle to do these questions. Can someone please let me know the step by step approach i.e. what should I be thinking as 1st step when I see this type of rate question.

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Machines X and Y run simultaneously at their respective constant rates. If machine X produces 400 bolts per hour, how many bolts do machines X and Y produce per hour?

(1) Machine X takes twice as long to produce 400 bolts as it does for machines X and Y, working together, to produce the same number of bolts --> since machine X needs twice as long to produce 400 bolts as it does for machines X and Y, working together, to produce the same number, then the rates of X and Y are the same: both produce 400 bolts per hour, (working together they need 1/2 hours to produce 400 bolts). Sufficient.

(2) Machines X and Y produce bolts at the same rate. We know the rates of both machines. Sufficient.

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Asked what is Combined rate i.e Rc = Rx + Ry

Given Rx = 400 , only unknown is Ry , i.e question is asking what is Ry?

1.) from statement 1 2Rx = Rx + Ry

therefore Rx =Ry

so we have value of Rc

2.) Rx= Ry given

this is how i calculated
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Hi All,

This DS question doesn't actually require that much 'math' - but you do have to keep track of the information that you're given to get the correct answer.

We're told that Machine X and Machine Y each have a constant rate of production (Machine X's rate is 400 bolts/hour) and that the Machines run simultaneously. We're asked how many bolts are produced by the 2 machines per hour.

1) Machine X takes twice as long to produce 400 bolts as it does for machines X and Y, working together, to produce the same number of bolts.

We already know that Machine X produces 400 bolts in 1 hour. Fact 1 tells us that 1 hour is TWICE as long as the time it takes the two machines to produce those same 400 bolts. Thus, the two machines (working together) can produce 400 bolts in 1/2 hour. We know that Machine X would produce 200 of those bolts in 1/2 hour, so the other 200 bolts must be produced by Machine Y during that time. We now know Machine Y's rate (it's 400 bolts/hour).
Fact 1 is SUFFICIENT.

2) Machines X and Y produce bolts at the same rate.

Since we already know that Machine X produces 400 bolts/hour, we now know that Machine Y also produces 400 bolts/hour.
Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT.

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enigma123 wrote:
Machines X and Y run simultaneously at their respective constant rates. If machine X produces 400 bolts per hour, how many bolts do machines X and Y produce per hour?

(1) Machine X takes twice as long to produce 400 bolts as it does for machines X and Y, working together, to produce the same number of bolts.
(2) Machines X and Y produce bolts at the same rate.

Guys - I always struggle to do these questions. Can someone please let me know the step by step approach i.e. what should I be thinking as 1st step when I see this type of rate question.

Hello,

What worked for me: when talk about rates, the equation will be always similar to the following:

$$\frac{Px}{Tx}+ \frac{Py}{Ty} + ... + \frac{Pn}{Tn} = \frac{Pall}{Tall}$$

Where:
$$\frac{Px}{Tx}$$ is production rate for a machine X alone
$$Px$$ is how much it is producted by a machine X alone
$$Tx$$ is the time spent by a machine x alone
and so goes for the other terms. Note that $$\frac{Pall}{Tall}$$ is the variables when all machines are working together (and at different rates).

Resolution:
The stem defines machine X rate, so:
$$\frac{Px}{Tx} = \frac{400 bolts}{1 hour}$$

Thus, the general equation is:

$$\frac{400}{1}+ \frac{Py}{Ty} = \frac{Pxy}{Txy}$$

Question: $$\frac{Pxy}{Txy}$$ =?

(1) $$Tx = 2Txy => Txy = \frac{1}{2}hour$$ = 0.5
and the production of machines X and Y is: $$Pxy = 400$$

So:

$$\frac{Pxy}{Txy} = \frac{400}{0.5} = 800$$

Note: The stem is describing the answer directly. We don't need to calculate it. The calculus is just to make it clearer.

Sufficient

(2) $$\frac{400}{1}= \frac{Py}{Ty}$$

Thus:

$$\frac{400}{1}+ \frac{400}{1} = \frac{Pxy}{Txy}$$
=> $$\frac{Pxy}{Txy} = \frac{800}{1}$$

Note: We don't need to calculate it. The calculus is just to make it clearer.

Sufficient

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