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Pumping alone at their respective constant rates, one inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 of capacity in 3 hours and a second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 of capacity in 6 hours. How many hours will it take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity?

(A) 3.25
(B) 3.6
(C) 4.2
(D) 4.4
(E) 5.5

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pipe 1 = 1/6 an hour
pipe 2 = 1/9 an hour

Total time taken =1/6 + 1/9 =3.6 Hours
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Tank A does 1/2 in 3 hrs so we can fine for full capacity it would take 6 hrs.
Similarly , Tank B takes 2/3rd of tank to be filled in 6 hrs so it would fill to full capacity in 6/(2/3) =>18/2 => 9

Now simple work problem states that it would fill the whole tank in :

1/9 + 1/6 = 5/18 unit =>18/5 hrs = 3.6 hrs

Hence Option B
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agree with the above solutions. Answer B is correct.
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Pumping alone at their respective constant rates, one inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 of capacity in 3 hours and a second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 of capacity in 6 hours. How many hours will it take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity?

(A) 3.25
(B) 3.6
(C) 4.2
(D) 4.4
(E) 5.5

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Total capacity = C

Rate of 1 = C/6
Rate of 2 = C/9
Combined rate = 5C/18
Time = 18/5 = 3.6 (B)
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Bunuel wrote:
Pumping alone at their respective constant rates, one inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 of capacity in 3 hours and a second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 of capacity in 6 hours. How many hours will it take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity?

(A) 3.25
(B) 3.6
(C) 4.2
(D) 4.4
(E) 5.5

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Time taken by First tank Fill 1/2 the tank = 3 hours
i.e. Time taken by First tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = 6 hours

Time taken by Second tank Fill 2/3 the tank = 6 hours
i.e. Time taken by First tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = (3/2)*6 = 9 hours

in 1 Hour, Both tanks together Fill the tank = (1/6)+(1/9) = 5/18 tank
i.e. Time taken by Both tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = 18/5 hours = 3.6 hours

Answer: option B
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let c be tank capacity.
Time taken by First pipe to fill 1/2 the tank = 3 hours. So work done in 1 hr= c*{1/(2*3)}= c/6

Time taken by Second pipe to Fill 2/3 the tank = 6 hours. So work done in 1hr= c*{2/(3*6)}=c/9

in 1 Hour, Both tanks together Fill the tank = (1c/6)+(c1/9) = 5c/18
i.e. Time taken by Both tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = 18/5 hours = 3.6 hours

Answer: option B
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Bunuel wrote:
Pumping alone at their respective constant rates, one inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 of capacity in 3 hours and a second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 of capacity in 6 hours. How many hours will it take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity?

(A) 3.25
(B) 3.6
(C) 4.2
(D) 4.4
(E) 5.5

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An alternative, logical approach with minimal calculations and no variables: First pipe fills full capacity in 6 hours, therefore fills approx. 16.6% in 1 hr. Second pipe fills 2/3 in 6 hours, therefore fills approx. 11% in 1 hr. Combined, they'd fill 27.6% per hr and would need just a bit less than 4 hours to fill the tank completely. Only choice in that range is B.
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Time taken by First tank Fill 1/2 the tank = 3 hours
i.e. Time taken by First tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = 6 hours

Time taken by Second tank Fill 2/3 the tank = 6 hours
i.e. Time taken by First tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = (3/2)*6 = 9 hours

in 1 Hour, Both tanks together Fill the tank = (1/6)+(1/9) = 5/18 tank
i.e. Time taken by Both tank to Fill 1 complete the tank = 18/5 hours = 3.6 hours

correct answer .... b
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Pumping alone at their respective constant rates, one inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 of capacity in 3 hours and a second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 of capacity in 6 hours. How many hours will it take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity?

(A) 3.25
(B) 3.6
(C) 4.2
(D) 4.4
(E) 5.5


The inlet pipe fills the empty tank to full capacity in 6 hours
The outlet pipe fills the empty tank to full capacity in 9 hours

Let, the capacity of the tank be 18 units..

So, efficiency of the inlet pipe is 3 inits/hr
And, efficiency of the outlet pipe is 2 inits/hr

Combined efficiency of both the pipes is 5 units/hr

Thus, time required by both the pipes to fill the tank will be \(\frac{18}{5}\) = 3.6 Hours

Hence, answer will be (B) 3.6 hours...
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Bunuel wrote:
Pumping alone at their respective constant rates, one inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 of capacity in 3 hours and a second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 of capacity in 6 hours. How many hours will it take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity?

(A) 3.25
(B) 3.6
(C) 4.2
(D) 4.4
(E) 5.5


We are given that the first inlet pipe fills an empty tank to 1/2 capacity in 3 hours. Since rate = work/time, the rate of the first inlet pipe is (1/2)/3 = 1/6.

We are also given that the second inlet pipe fills the same empty tank to 2/3 capacity in 6 hours. Thus, the rate of the second inlet pipe is (2/3)/6 = 1/9.

We need to determine how many hours it will take both pipes, pumping simultaneously at their respective constant rates, to fill the empty tank to capacity.

If we let t = the time in hours the two inlet pipes are working together, then the work of the first inlet pipe = (1/6)t and the work of the second inlet pipe = (1/9)t.

Since the tank is filled, we can set total work to 1 and create the following equation:

(1/6)t + (1/9)t = 1

Multiplying the entire equation by 18, we obtain:

3t + 2t = 18

5t = 18

t = 18/5 = 3.6

Answer: B
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