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Working together but independently, Scott and Eric can address X envelopes in 18 hours. How long would it take Scott working alone to address X envelopes? (1) In M minutes, Scott address three times as many envelopes as Eric address in M minutes. (2) Eric can address X envelopes in 72 hours.
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Originally posted by gkncwb on 28 Mar 2014, 16:52.
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I have solved this way:
E S E+S 1.000 18
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E 1.000 M S 3.000 M E+S 1.000 18 3.000 / M + 1.000 / M = 1.000 / 18 >>> M = 72 SOLVE
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1.000 / 72 + 1.000 / x = 1.000 / 18 >>>>> x = 24 SOLVE
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It is clear for me statement 2, but I didn't understand how can I solve the question using statement 1.
Can someone can help me?
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pepo wrote: It is clear for me statement 2, but I didn't understand how can I solve the question using statement 1.
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Thaaaanks Let E and S be the number of envelopes/hour produced by Eric and Scott resp. Per statement 1, You are given that 3E=S > in M minutes, Eric can produce 3 times as many envelopes as produced by Scott. IN 1 hour, they will produce each >Eric = EM/60 Scott = 3EM/60 . In 18 hours, they produce, 3EM*18/60+EM*18/60 = X > X= 72EM/60 Thus, from above, number of envelopes produced by Eric in 1 hour = EM/60 > time for him to produce X (=72EM/60) envelopes =X/(EM/60) = (72EM/60)/(EM/60) = 72 hours. Hence statement 1 is sufficient. Hope this helps.
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Engr2012 wrote: pepo wrote: It is clear for me statement 2, but I didn't understand how can I solve the question using statement 1.
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Thaaaanks Let E and S be the number of envelopes/hour produced by Eric and Scott resp. Per statement 1, You are given that E=3S > in M minutes, Eric can produce 3 times as many envelopes as produced by Scott. IN 1 hour, they will produce each > Scott = SM/60 and E = 3SM/60. In 18 hours, they produce, 3SM*18/60+SM/60 = X > X= 4SM/60 Thus, from above, number of envelopes produced by Eric in 1 hour = 3SM/60 > time for him to produce X (=4SM/60) envelopes =X/(3SM/60) = (4SM/60)/(3SM/60) = 4/3 hours. Hence statement 1 is sufficient. Hope this helps. Hi Engr2012, thanks for your reply!!! I have just 2 issues: 1) statement says: "In M minutes, Scott address three times as many envelopes as Eric address in M minutes". It should be S=3E, right? 2) I don't understand how you can get X= 4SM/60 from 3SM*18/60+SM/60 = X. I performed the calculations and I got X=55sm/60. Best, Pepo



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pepo wrote: Engr2012 wrote: pepo wrote: It is clear for me statement 2, but I didn't understand how can I solve the question using statement 1.
Can someone can help me?
Thaaaanks Let E and S be the number of envelopes/hour produced by Eric and Scott resp. Per statement 1, You are given that E=3S > in M minutes, Eric can produce 3 times as many envelopes as produced by Scott. IN 1 hour, they will produce each > Scott = SM/60 and E = 3SM/60. In 18 hours, they produce, 3SM*18/60+SM/60 = X > X= 4SM/60 Thus, from above, number of envelopes produced by Eric in 1 hour = 3SM/60 > time for him to produce X (=4SM/60) envelopes =X/(3SM/60) = (4SM/60)/(3SM/60) = 4/3 hours. Hence statement 1 is sufficient. Hope this helps. Hi Engr2012, thanks for your reply!!! I have just 2 issues: 1) statement says: "In M minutes, Scott address three times as many envelopes as Eric address in M minutes". It should be S=3E, right? 2) I don't understand how you can get X= 4SM/60 from 3SM*18/60+SM/60 = X. I performed the calculations and I got X=55sm/60. Best, Pepo My bad. Thanks for pointing it out. I have corrected the typos in my solution above although nothing would change as this is a DS question and any unique value will make statement 1 sufficient.



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pepo wrote: It is clear for me statement 2, but I didn't understand how can I solve the question using statement 1.
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Thaaaanks Hello Pepo, Statement 1 simply presents the rate of doing work for the two people in the question, we have the total time required and using 1 we can calculate ratio of doing work for 2 which is sufficient for making the calculation. Also, M/60 is done to convert the minutes into hour Please consider a kudos if it was helpful



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Could someone please explain how Statement 1 is sufficient? I went through the responses already here but could not understand as they are rather unclear. Thank you.
Edit 1: I managed to solve it this way, could anyone confirm that this is in fact correct?
S = Rate of Scott E = Rate of Eric
\(S + E =\frac{x}{18}\) X being the amount of work done, and 18 being the time taken, thus X/18 given the rate for the two together
1. In M minutes, Scott addresses three times as many envelopes as Eric addresses in M minutes.
\(Eric = EM\) \(Scott = 3EM\)
\(3EM + EM = \frac{x}{18}\) \(4EM = \frac{x}{18}\) \(x = 72EM\)
x = 72EM which means it would take Eric 72 hours to complete X amount of work, and since Scott can address three times as many envelopes as Eric, he can complete X amount of work in 24 hours.



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The formula for the statement in question is (S+E)*18=X. The questions is S*?=X 1.The first statement gives us ratio of Scott's rate of work to Eric's. The ratios is S/E=3r/1r (3r+1r)*18=X; 72r=X; r=X/72; S=3X/72=X/24. It takes Scott 24 hours to address X envelopes. This statement is sufficient. 2. The second statement gives us Eric's rate: E=X/72; (S+E)*18=72E; 18S=54E; 1S=3E; It takes Eric three times as much time to address X enveloped as it takes Scott. Since Eric can do the work in 72 hours, Scott can do it in 72/3=24 hours. This statement is also sufficient.
Both statements alone are sufficient to answer this question.



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