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Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?

A. 34
B. 52
C. 60
D. 70
E. 92
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11 Sep 2011, 14:33
supervised not supervised

time per job t-3 t

In 144 days when victor was supervised for half of the time , he finished 36 jobs.

=> During 72 days of supervision he finished 36 jobs.

=> 36(t-3) = 72

=> t = 5

=> victor took 5 days to finish a each unsupervised job.

time taken by victor to finish 10 jobs with out supervision = 10t = 50

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my bad. ignore the previous post. i thought the question said 36 jobs in 72 days of supervision.

Where as Questions says it took 36 jobs in 144 days out of which he worked halftime supervised.

Supervised not supervised
time per job t-3 days t days

=> jobs in 72 days of supervision + jobs in 72 days when not supervised = 36

=> 72/(t-3) + 72/t = 36

solving we get t = 1 or 6

=> t=6 ( t = 1 is not possible as t-3 would be negative)

=> time taken by victor each unsupervised job = 6 days.

=> time taken by victor to finish 10 unsupervised jobs = 10t = 60 days.

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60 days it is

72/ (x-3) + 72/x = 36

=> x^2 -7x+6 =0 => x= 1 or 6

X = 1 is omitted coz x-3 = -2 if x=1

so x=6 and time taken for 10 jobs under no supervision = 10x6 = 60
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16 Nov 2012, 00:21
Guys,

I've made th same error as Spidy001. This advanced RTW problem is otherwise not that hard, but I wonder what strategies you apply in order to fully grasp the right meaning of the problem. At first, I also thought the 5 days per job scenario was right. Based on this problem, do you have any tips on that?

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Guys,

I've made th same error as Spidy001. This advanced RTW problem is otherwise not that hard, but I wonder what strategies you apply in order to fully grasp the right meaning of the problem. At first, I also thought the 5 days per job scenario was right. Based on this problem, do you have any tips on that?

bgpower,

I can imagine why Spidy001 made that mistake. The question says that he was supervised for half that time, but it doesn't say that Victor did not work during the time he was unsupervised.
So, what the question intended to say was, Victor worked under supervision for 72 days and without supervision for the remaining 72. What Spidy001 has done is, he hasn't taken into account the 72 days that Victor worked without supervision.

Secondly, as data given to us was in the form of (days/job) and not (jobs/day), you should divide 72 by (t-3) and (t) rather than multiplying it.

This sort of an error can be avoided by simply taking a step back to understand what the question says and writing the facts down, rather than trying to hold them in your head.

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23 Mar 2013, 23:00
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Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?

I have a query

R T D
S (1/t) 72 (72/t)
U (1/(t+3) 72 (72/(t+3))

Total jobs = 36

(72/t) + [(72/(t+3)] = 36

=> 2/t + 2/(t+3) = 1
=> 2t + 6 + 2t = t^2 + 3t
=> t^2 - t - 6 = 0

t = 3 or t =-2 (can't be negative)
Hence , 3

Plz advice where I am wrong as I took the other way around by taking (t+3)

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24 Mar 2013, 03:07
targetgmatchotu wrote:
siddhans wrote:
Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?

I have a query

R T D
S (1/t) 72 (72/t)
U (1/(t+3) 72 (72/(t+3))

Total jobs = 36

(72/t) + [(72/(t+3)] = 36

=> 2/t + 2/(t+3) = 1
=> 2t + 6 + 2t = t^2 + 3t
=> t^2 - t - 6 = 0

t = 3 or t =-2 (can't be negative)
Hence , 3

Plz advice where I am wrong as I took the other way around by taking (t+3)

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We are told that if Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised.

Supervised = t days;
Unsupervised = (t + 3) days.

Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision will need 10(t + 3) = 60.

Hope it helps.
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24 Mar 2013, 03:25
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targetgmatchotu wrote:
siddhans wrote:
Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?

I have a query

R T D
S (1/t) 72 (72/t)
U (1/(t+3) 72 (72/(t+3))

Total jobs = 36

(72/t) + [(72/(t+3)] = 36

=> 2/t + 2/(t+3) = 1
=> 2t + 6 + 2t = t^2 + 3t
=> t^2 - t - 6 = 0

t = 3 or t =-2 (can't be negative)
Hence , 3

Plz advice where I am wrong as I took the other way around by taking (t+3)

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We are told that if Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised.

Supervised = t days;
Unsupervised = (t + 3) days.

Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision will need 10(t + 3) = 60.

Hope it helps.

Hi Bunuel

As I would follow the same method of RTW chart for any problem in TNW, it would be really helpful if you can QUOTE the error in my method .

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targetgmatchotu wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
targetgmatchotu wrote:
I have a query

R T D
S (1/t) 72 (72/t)
U (1/(t+3) 72 (72/(t+3))

Total jobs = 36

(72/t) + [(72/(t+3)] = 36

=> 2/t + 2/(t+3) = 1
=> 2t + 6 + 2t = t^2 + 3t
=> t^2 - t - 6 = 0

t = 3 or t =-2 (can't be negative)
Hence , 3

Plz advice where I am wrong as I took the other way around by taking (t+3)

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We are told that if Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised.

Supervised = t days;
Unsupervised = (t + 3) days.

Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision will need 10(t + 3) = 60.

Hope it helps.

Hi Bunuel

As I would follow the same method of RTW chart for any problem in TNW, it would be really helpful if you can QUOTE the error in my method .

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You calculated the time needed to complete 10 jobs WITH supervision (10t, less time) but we are asked to find the time needed to complete 10 jobs WITHOUT any supervision (10(t+3), more time).

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Took me a good amount of time !

Rate(Supervised) = 1/(t-3)
Rate(Unsupervised) = 1/(t)

72/(t-3) + 72 /(t) = 36

t=6 or t=1

Cannot be 1 as 't-3' would be negative then => t=6

Rate (UN) = 1/6

Rate * Time = work

1/6 * time = 10

Time = 10*6 = 60
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siddhans wrote:
Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?

A. 34
B. 52
C. 60
D. 70
E. 92

My approach:
Since we are asked Unsupervised time, i make that as t (variable in question). This way i do not have to worry about other stuff.

S => 1/(t-3)
U => 1/t

72days Job S + 72days job U = 36job
72/t + 72/(t-3) = 36

now pick a number to that LHS = RHS
t=6 => 72\6 + 72\3 = 36

now asked is 10t=6*10 = 60.
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Why multiply the following by 72 instead of 144 seeing that Victor worked for 144 days?
Unsupervised rate + Supervised rate = Combined Rate
1/u + 1/(u-3) = 1/c
144*(1/c)=36
c = 4
c = (u^2-3u)/(2u-3) = 4

Isn't this the same logic that was done here: "http://gmatclub.com/forum/running-at-their-respective-constant-rates-machine-x-takes-98599.html"?

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Why multiply the following by 72 instead of 144 seeing that Victor worked for 144 days?
Unsupervised rate + Supervised rate = Combined Rate
1/u + 1/(u-3) = 1/c
144*(1/c)=36
c = 4
c = (u^2-3u)/(2u-3) = 4

Isn't this the same logic that was done here: "http://gmatclub.com/forum/running-at-their-respective-constant-rates-machine-x-takes-98599.html"?

Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?
A. 34
B. 52
C. 60
D. 70
E. 92

Rate when supervised = (job)/(time) = 1/t.
Rate when unsupervised = (job)/(time) = 1/(t+3).

For 144/2=72 days he is supervised and for 144/2=72 days he is unsupervised and does 36 jobs:
72/t + 72/(t+3) = 36 --> t=3 days --> t+3 = 6 days.

Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision will need 10(t + 3) = 60 days.

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i tried to do with 72/x + 72/x+3=36 but it requires huge amount of time with use quadratic equation. Better to backsolve the answers with start from 60 (choice C). 60/10=6 and x=3, it wins

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i tried to do with 72/x + 72/x+3=36 but it requires huge amount of time with use quadratic equation. Better to backsolve the answers with start from 60 (choice C). 60/10=6 and x=3, it wins

Simplifying $$\frac{72}{{x}} + \frac{72}{{x+3}}=36$$ to $$\frac{2}{{x}}+\frac{2}{{x+3}}=1$$ may make it easier to solve the resultant quadratic equation.

We then have
$$x^2+3x=4x+6$$
$$x^2-x-6=0$$
$$(x-3)(x+2)=0$$ => $$x=3$$ (Supervised time). so 6 is unsupervised time per job. Therefore 6*10 = 60 hrs
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Also keep in mind the number of jobs =10 so answer has to be a multiple of 10 ,only C and D are the choices in this case .

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I also tried with RTW chart..but then..tried a different approach...
in 144 days, he finished 36 jobs. the rate is thus 1 job in 4 days.
but this is the average.
we know he was supervised 72 days only.
suppose 1 job takes 6 days unsupervised and 3 supervised.
we then get to 12 jobs done in 72 unsupervised days, and 24 in supervised days.
since 12 is in 72 unsupervised days, let's find # of days for 2 jobs.
2 jobs = 12 days.

ok, so from 12 jobs - 2 jobs -> 72 days - 12 days = 60 days.

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Victor's job requires him to complete a series of identical jobs. If Victor is supervised at work, he finishes each job three days faster than if he is unsupervised. If Victor works for 144 days and is supervised for half the time, he will finish a total of 36 jobs. How long would it take Victor to complete 10 jobs without any supervision?

A. 34
B. 52
C. 60
D. 70
E. 92

let u=number of unsupervised jobs in 72 days
d=number of days for each unsupervised job
equation1: 72/u=d
equation2: 72/(36-u)=d-3
subtracting e2 from e1,
72/u-72/(36-u)=3
u=12 unsupervised jobs in 72 days
12:72=10:60
60 days for 10 unsupervised jobs
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total number of days worked=144
total jobs done = 36
average number of days for one job to be done = 144/36=4

let n be nonsuprevised day, and s be suprvd day

day distribution is 72, 72 (half days suprvsd, half days not)

(n+s)/2= 4
n+s =8

from question stmnt we know that, n-s=3
n+s=8
n-s=3
n~= 6
s=3

so to finish 10 jobs:
n*10=6 * 10= 60 days

ans is 60

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