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eGMAT Question of the Week #21A group of 40 workers working together have to complete a piece of work in 30 days. If all the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed, then how many more workers should be recruited so that the work gets completed on time? A. 32 B. 100 C. 200 D. 240 E. 280
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02 Nov 2018, 08:18
I've solved this differently.
40 workers, 20 days, 1/4 40 workers, 10 days, 1/2 * 1/4 = 1/8
Amount of work incomplete  3/4
Therefore, if 40 workers complete 1/8th of the work in 10 days, we should have 240 (40*6) workers to complete 6*(1/8) work in 10 days.
Additional workers = 240  the 40 who are already working = 200 I.e. (C)
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05 Nov 2018, 18:17
Hi Harsh,
Firstly, the key is "all the workers work at a constant rate".
I hope you understand how I arrived at 40 workers complete 1/8th piece of work in 10 days.
So knowing that 1/4th of work is already completed, we can infer that 3/4th is still pending. If I could arrive at an equation which could tell me how many workers and days will be required to finish 3/4th of pending work, that would suffice my requirement.
40 workers in 10 days complete 1/8th piece of work.
So, let's say, if in the same period I have to double the work being done in 10 days or same time, I'll simply double the number of workers working at a constant rate.
I'll thus say 40 workers x 2 in 10 days will do double the work they do I.e. 2 x 1/8th piece of work
Now, we know that what's pending is 3/4th. And 6 x (1/8) will give us (3/4)
So, if you want to finish the pending work in 10 days, you'll have to increase the workers.
Hence, 40 workers x 6 in 10 days will complete 3/4th of pending work.
Hope this helps.
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05 Nov 2018, 21:32
EgmatQuantExpert wrote: A group of 40 workers working together have to complete a piece of work in 30 days. If all the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed, then how many more workers should be recruited so that the work gets completed on time? A. 32 B. 100 C. 200 D. 240 E. 280
Hi, If all the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed => \(\frac{1}{4}\) of the work = 20*40 workerdays = 800 workerdays. Remaining work = \(\frac{3}{4}\) of the work = 3* 800 = 2400 workerdays. Remaining work has to be completed in 10 days. => Number of workers required = \(\frac{2400}{10}\) = 240 workers. 40 workers are already working, hence the additional number of required workers = 240  40 = 200 workers. Answer: (C). Thanks.



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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: eGMAT Question of the Week #21A group of 40 workers working together have to complete a piece of work in 30 days. If all the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed, then how many more workers should be recruited so that the work gets completed on time? A. 32 B. 100 C. 200 D. 240 E. 280
Given: 1. A group of 40 workers working together have to complete a piece of work in 30 days. 2. All the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed Asked: How many more workers should be recruited so that the work gets completed on time? 40 * 20 mandays could complete = 1/4 work 800 mandays are required to complete 1/4 work 3200 mandays will be required to complete the work. 800 mandays were already consumed. 2400 mandays were required in 10 days. 240 men will be needed for 10 days 200 men will be required to be recruited. IMO C
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02 Nov 2018, 07:51
They finished 1/4 or 25% work in 20 days. Therefore , 40 workers will take 20*4 = 80 days to finish the job from scratch. 20 days has already passed. To finish the job in 10 days , workers needed = 8 * 40 = 320. Additional workers required = 32040 = 280



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05 Nov 2018, 12:37
Hey Nikhilaery, can you explain how did you arrive at Quote: Therefore, if 40 workers complete 1/8th of the work in 10 days, we should have 240 (40*6) workers to complete 6*(1/8) work in 10 days.



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Hi NikhilaeryThanks this helps Quote: Hi Harsh,
Firstly, the key is "all the workers work at a constant rate".
I hope you understand how I arrived at 40 workers complete 1/8th piece of work in 10 days.
So knowing that 1/4th of work is already completed, we can infer that 3/4th is still pending. If I could arrive at an equation which could tell me how many workers and days will be required to finish 3/4th of pending work, that would suffice my requirement.
40 workers in 10 days complete 1/8th piece of work.
So, let's say, if in the same period I have to double the work being done in 10 days or same time, I'll simply double the number of workers working at a constant rate.
I'll thus say 40 workers x 2 in 10 days will do double the work they do I.e. 2 x 1/8th piece of work
Now, we know that what's pending is 3/4th. And 6 x (1/8) will give us (3/4)
So, if you want to finish the pending work in 10 days, you'll have to increase the workers.
Hence, 40 workers x 6 in 10 days will complete 3/4th of pending work.
Hope this helps.



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Given:• Initial number of workers = 40 • The work must be completed in 30 days • After, 20 days, only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed • All the workers work at a constant rate To find:• The number of new workers to be recruited, so that the work gets completed on time Approach and Working: • If 40 workers can complete \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work in 20 days, they can finish the work in 20 * 4 = 80 days.
o Implies, total work = 40 * 80 ………… (1) • Now, let us assume that the number of new workers = x • Thus, 40 + x workers must finish the rest \(\frac{3}{4}^{th}\) of the work in remaining 10 days
o Implies, total work = \((40 + x) * 10 * \frac{4}{3}\) …………. (2) Equating (1) and (2), we get, • \(40 * 80 = (\frac{40}{3}) * (40 + x)\) • Thus, x = 240 – 40 = 200 Hence the correct answer is Option C. Answer: C
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let total work = 120 so work done by 40 workers in 20 days is ; 1/4*120 ; 30 for 30 units work done the rate per worker per day was ; 30* 1/20*1/40 ; 3/80 with the same rate per day per worker we now have to complete 3/4 of pending work ; viz 90 units which is to be done in 10 days so we have 90=3/80 * 10*x x=240 workers we already have 40 workers so extra workers required ; 24040 ; 200 IMO C EgmatQuantExpert wrote: eGMAT Question of the Week #21A group of 40 workers working together have to complete a piece of work in 30 days. If all the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed, then how many more workers should be recruited so that the work gets completed on time? A. 32 B. 100 C. 200 D. 240 E. 280



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Days  work  worker 20  1/4  40 1  1/4  40*20 1  1  40*20*4 10  1  3200÷10 10  3/4  (320*3)/4 =240 Additional worker needed = 24040 = 200(ans)
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote: [A group of 40 workers working together have to complete a piece of work in 30 days. If all the workers work at a constant rate and after 20 days, it was found that only \(\frac{1}{4}^{th}\) of the work was completed, then how many more workers should be recruited so that the work gets completed on time? A. 32 B. 100 C. 200 D. 240 E. 280
Let the daily rate per worker = 1 widget per day, implying that the daily rate for 40 workers = 40 widgets per day. In 20 days, the number of widgets produced by 40 workers = (daily rate for 40 workers)(number of days) = 40*20 = 800 widgets. Since these 800 widgets constitute 1/4 of the total job, we get: \(800 = \frac{1}{4}j\) \(j = 3200\) Remaining work = (total job)  (widgets produced in the first 20 days) = 3200  800 = 2400. For 2400 widgets to be produced in the remaining 10 days, the required rate \(= \frac{work}{time} = \frac{2400}{10} = 240\) widgets per day. Since the daily rate must increase from 40 widgets per day to 240 widgets per day, the number of additional workers that must be recruited = 200.
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