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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionWorking alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates? (A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4 Problem Solving Question: 130 Category: Arithmetic Operations on rational numbers Page: 78 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you!
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SOLUTIONWorking alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates?(A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4 The rate of Y and Z are 1/15 and 1/18 job/hour, respectively. Their combined rate is 1/15 + 1/18 = 1/t. Thus the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job is t = 90/11. Thus required ratio is 12/(90/11) = 22/15. Answer: D.
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Job rate of Printer Y = \(\frac{1}{15}\) Job rate of Printer Z = \(\frac{1}{18}\) Job rate for Y & Z = \(\frac{1}{15} + \frac{1}{18} = \frac{11}{90}\) Time taken by Y & Z \(= \frac{90}{11}\) Ratio of (Time taken by Printer X) to (Combined time taken by Y & Z) = \(12 * \frac{11}{90} = \frac{22}{15}\) Answer = D
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Y and Z can do the job in (15*18)/15+18 hours, that is (15*18)/33 hours.
X can do the job in 12 hours.
Ratio = 12/(15*18)/33 = 22/15
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Rate(X)=1/12 Rate(Y)=1/15 Rate(Z)=1/18 Time for X=12 Combined Rate of Y and Z= 1/15 + 1/18 = 33/(18*15) Since Rate * Time = work And work =1 then Time for combined Y and Z = (18*15)/33 Ratio of Time for X/Time for combined Y and Z (12*33)/(18*15)=22/15
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Printer X can do Printing Job in 12 hrs. So Printer X completes (1/12)th of the work in 1hr.
Printer Y can do Printing Job in 15 hrs. So Printer Y completes (1/15)th of the work in 1hr.
Printer Z can do Printing Job in 18 hrs. So Printer Z completes (1/18)th of the work in 1hr.
Printer's Y and Z combined rate(working for 1 hr) is 1/15+1/18 = 11/90;
ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates is (1/12)/(11/90) = 15/22;
so rate is 15/22; rate is inversly proportional to time. Time is 22/15; Hence D



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Rate X: 1/12 Rate Y: 1/15 Rate Z: 1/18 Combined rate Y and Z ( let's call this ''c''): (1/15)+(1/18)=(6/90)+(5/90)=(11/90) Rate x / Rate c = (1/12)/(11/90) = (1/12)*(90/11) = (90/132) = (15/22) Answer D.
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Hi All, This question is perfect for the "Work Formula." While there are 3 machines, only 2 of them are actually working together. Work Formula = (AxB)/(A+B) X = 12 hours to do a job Y = 15 hours to do a job Z = 18 hours to do a job Together, Y and Z takes…. (15x18)/(15+18) hours to do the job. 270/33 = 90/11 hours The ratio of X to (YandZ) = 12/(90/11) = 12(11)/90 = 132/90 = 22/15 Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionWorking alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates? (A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/41 Problem Solving Question: 130 Category: Arithmetic Operations on rational numbers Page: 78 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you! If you want to avoid fractions, assume the total number of pages is 180. X does 180/12 = 15 pages/hr Y does 180/15 = 12 pages/hr Z does 180/18 = 10 pages/hr Y and Z together do 12+10 = 22 pages/hr Ratio of speed of X : speed of Y and Z combined = 15:22 Ratio of time taken by X : time taken by Y and Z combined = 22:15 (time taken varies inversely with speed) Answer (D)
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Considering the answer choices are distant, we can also use logical approximation to solve this under a minute: Y and Z take 15 and 18 hours each. So when both of them work together, they will take somewhere between 7.5 and 9 hours (7.5 had two Ys had done it and 9 had two Zs had done it). Lets take the combined time as 8 hours. Therefore the ratio of time taken must be approx. 12/8 = 1.5. Looking at answer choices only D comes close. P.S. This approach also makes sure that we don't mistakenly select choice C as the answer.



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[quote="Bunuel"] The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionWorking alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates? (A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4 Hi, you can do it in two ways.. 1) standard method Xs one hour work=1/12.. Ys and Zs combined work= 1/15 + 1/18=11/90..
so the ratio= 12/(90/11)=22/15..POE As correctly observed above , the combined time is between 15/2=7.5 and 18/2=9... so the ratio is between 12/7.5 and 12/9.. we can clearly see the ratio will be between 1 and 2.. eliminate all those below 1 A, B and C OUT.. eliminate anything above 2 E out only D left.. DOfcourse proces of elimination has more to do with the spread of choices..
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x takes 12 hours to complete the job. Similarly, let y and z work for B hours together to complete the job. i/e., B/15 + B/18=1 (1 implies work is completed) We get B=90/11 hrs So the answer is 12/ (90/11)= 22/15
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Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionWorking alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates? (A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4 Problem Solving Question: 130 Category: Arithmetic Operations on rational numbers Page: 78 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you! Printer y and z together can do the job in 15*18/15+18 = 15*18/33 The required ratio is 12*33/15*18 = 22/15



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Bunuel wrote: Working alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates?
(A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4
1.Time taken by x is 12 hours 2.Time taken by y and z is 1/ (1/15+1/18)=90/11 3.The ratio of time taken by x to time taken by y and z = 132/90= 22/15
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Bunuel wrote: Working alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates?
(A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4
We are given that Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. Thus, the rate of Printer X is 1/12. The combined rate of Printers Y and Z is 1/15 + 1/18 = 6/90 + 5/90 = 11/90. Since rate = work/time, the time for Y and Z combined to complete the job is 1/(11/90) = 90/11 hours. Since the time for X to complete the job is 12 hours, we can create the following ratio: 12/(90/11) = (11 x 12)/90 = (11 x 2)/15 = 22/15 Answer: D
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Reduce the units to just a single hour. 1/12 hour = x 1/15 hour = y 1/18 hour = z
y and z are working together: 1/15 + 1/18 the LCM of 15 and 18 is 90 6/90 + 5/90 = 11/90 hours
bring x back into the picture: 11/90 + 1/12 = 22/180 + 15/180 since the question concerns the ratio of yz to x, we have no need for the 180 denominator, and we are left with... 22/15 (D)



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Bunuel wrote: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND EditionWorking alone, Printers X, Y, and Z can do a certain printing job, consisting of a large number of pages, in 12, 15, and 18 hours, respectively. What is the ratio of the time it takes Printer X to do the job, working alone at its rate, to the time it takes Printers Y and Z to do the job, working together at their individual rates? (A) 4/11 (B) 1/2 (C) 15/22 (D) 22/15 (E) 11/4 Problem Solving Question: 130 Category: Arithmetic Operations on rational numbers Page: 78 Difficulty: 600 GMAT Club is introducing a new project: The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition  Quantitative Questions ProjectEach week we'll be posting several questions from The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition and then after couple of days we'll provide Official Answer (OA) to them along with a slution. We'll be glad if you participate in development of this project: 1. Please provide your solutions to the questions; 2. Please vote for the best solutions by pressing Kudos button; 3. Please vote for the questions themselves by pressing Kudos button; 4. Please share your views on difficulty level of the questions, so that we have most precise evaluation. Thank you! Rate \(\frac{x}{12}\) Rate y and z = \(\frac{y}{15}\)+\(\frac{z}{18}\) =\(\frac{6y+5z}{90}\) Ratio of \(x\) to \(z\) and \(y\) ( x/12 ) / (6y+5z)/90 > \(\frac{x}{12}\) * \(\frac{90}{6y+5z}\) =\(\frac{30x}{4(6y+5z)}\) = \(\frac{30x}{(24y+20z)}\) \(\frac{30x}{(44)}\) reduce by 2 \(\frac{15x}{(22)}\) pushpitkc why isnt it a correct answer \(\frac{15x}{(22)}\) why correct answer is \(22/15\) ? any idea ?



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Hi dave13Since X takes 12 hours to complete the work, X does \(\frac{1}{12}\) of the work in an hour. Since Y takes 15 hours to complete the work, Y does \(\frac{1}{15}\) of the work in an hour. Since Z takes 18 hours to complete the work, Z does \(\frac{1}{18}\) of the work in an hour. Together in an hour, Y and Z do \(\frac{1}{15} + \frac{1}{18}\) or \(\frac{11}{90}\) of the work. So, the time taken for these machines to do the work is \(\frac{1}{\frac{11}{90}} = \frac{90}{11}\) hoursWe know that the time it takes machine X to do the work is 12 hours. So, the ratio of time taken for X to do the work to time taken for X and Y to do the work is \(\frac{12}{\frac{90}{11}} = 12*\frac{11}{90} = \frac{22}{15}\) Hope this helps you!
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