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There are 8 fields of exactly the same size that are to be plowed by 7

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There are 8 fields of exactly the same size that are to be plowed by 7 farmers who work at identical rates. If it takes 5 hours for 4 of the farmers to plow the first 2 fields, how many hours will it take the remaining 3 farmers to plow the remaining 6 fields?

A. 18
B. 19
C. 20
D. 21
E. 22

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Given:
    • Number of fields to be ploughed = 8
    • All farmers work at the same rate
    • 4 farmers take 5 hours to plough the first 2 fields

To find:
    • The time taken in hours, by the remaining 3 farmers to plough the rest 6 fields

Approach and Working:
    • 4 farmers take \(\frac{5}{2} = 2.5\)hours to plough 1 field
    • 1 farmer takes 2.5*4 = 10 hours to plough 1 field
    • 1 farmer takes 10*6 = 60 hours to plough 6 fields

Therefore, 3 farmers take \(\frac{60}{3} = 20\) hours to plough 6 fields

Hence, the correct answer is Option C

Answer: C

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There are 8 fields of exactly the same size that are to be plowed by 7 farmers who work at identical rates. If it takes 5 hours for 4 of the farmers to plow the first 2 fields, how many hours will it take the remaining 3 farmers to plow the remaining 6 fields?

A. 18
B. 19
C. 20
D. 21
E. 22


It took 5 hours for 4 of the farmers to plow the first 2 fields.

Let x be the number of hours for the remaining 3 farmers to plow the remaining 6 fields.

Equating rates,

\(\frac{5*4}{2}=\frac{3*x}{6}\)

Solve for x,

x=20

IMO, Option C
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Bunuel wrote:
There are 8 fields of exactly the same size that are to be plowed by 7 farmers who work at identical rates. If it takes 5 hours for 4 of the farmers to plow the first 2 fields, how many hours will it take the remaining 3 farmers to plow the remaining 6 fields?

A. 18
B. 19
C. 20
D. 21
E. 22


Using the methodology discussed in this post: https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2015/1 ... made-easy/

We get:

2 fields .......... 4 farmers .......... 5 hours
6 fields .......... 3 farmers .......... ?? hours

No of hrs = 5 * (6/2) * (4/3) = 20 hrs

Answer (C)
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Bunuel wrote:
There are 8 fields of exactly the same size that are to be plowed by 7 farmers who work at identical rates. If it takes 5 hours for 4 of the farmers to plow the first 2 fields, how many hours will it take the remaining 3 farmers to plow the remaining 6 fields?

A. 18
B. 19
C. 20
D. 21
E. 22



time per farmer to plow one field

5*4/2 = 10 hrs per field
so 3 farmers will take 6 * 10 = 60 /3 = 20 hrs
IMO C
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Bunuel wrote:
There are 8 fields of exactly the same size that are to be plowed by 7 farmers who work at identical rates. If it takes 5 hours for 4 of the farmers to plow the first 2 fields, how many hours will it take the remaining 3 farmers to plow the remaining 6 fields?

A. 18
B. 19
C. 20
D. 21
E. 22


This kinda question can be solved easily by using the following formula:

No. of workers * Rate * Time = Work

4 * Rate * 5 = 2

Rate = 2/20 = 1/10.

Now we will substitute this rate to the same formula for different values.

No. of workers * Rate * Time = Work

3 * 1/10 * Time = 6

Time = 60/3

Time = 20 hrs.

The best answer is C.
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