# GMAT 700 800 Level Quant Question 6 | Rates Word Problem

#### GMAT Sample Questions | Work and Time

This one is a word problem in Rates - Work and Time. Word problems test your ability to translate information given in words into mathematical expressions and equations and solve them. The gist of what is tested is the ability to translate effectively.

Question 6: Working alone at their respective constant rates, A can complete a task in ‘a’ days and B in ‘b’ days. They take turns in doing the task with each working 2 days at a time. If A starts they finish the task in exactly 10 days. If B starts, they take half a day more. How long does it take to complete the task if they both work together?

#### If B starts, they finish the task they take half a day more. i.e., 10.5 days.

Therefore, B will work on day 1, day 2, day 5, day 6, day 9, and day 10. i.e., for 6 days.
And A will work on day 3, day 4, day 7, day 8 and half a day on day 11. i.e., for 4.5 days.

In 6 days B will complete $$frac{\text{6}}{\text{b}}$ of the task. In 4 days A will complete $\frac{\text{4.5}}{\text{a}}$ of the task. With B working 6 days and A working 4.5 days, the task is completed. i.e., $\frac{\text{4.5}}{\text{a}}$ + $\frac{\text{6}}{\text{b}}$ = 1 .... eqn$2).

#### Step 2: Solve the two equations

$$frac{\text{6}}{\text{a}}$ + $\frac{\text{4}}{\text{b}}$ = 1 .... eqn$1)
$$frac{\text{4.5}}{\text{a}}$ + $\frac{\text{6}}{\text{b}}$ = 1 .... eqn$2)
Solving the two equations we get a = 9 days and b = 12 days.

#### The question: How long does it take to complete the task if they both work together?

Working together A and B will complete $$frac{\text{1}}{\text{9}}$ + $\frac{\text{1}}{\text{12}}$= $\frac{\text{4 + 3}}{\text{36}}$ = $\frac{\text{7}}{\text{36}}$ th of the task in a day. Hence, they will complete the task in $\frac{\text{36}}{\text{7}}$ days. #### Choice D is the correct answer. #### GMAT Online CourseTry it free! Register in 2 easy steps and Start learning in 5 minutes! #### Already have an Account? #### GMAT Live Online Classes Next Batch Oct 12, 2021 #### GMAT Coaching in Chennai Next Batch after Lockdown #### GMAT Coaching in Chennai Sign up for a Free Demo of our GMAT Classes in Chennai ##### Where is Wizako located? Wizako - GMAT, GRE, SAT Prep An Ascent Education Initiative 14B/1 Dr Thirumurthy Nagar 1st Street Nungambakkam Chennai 600 034. India ##### How to reach Wizako? Phone:$91) 44 4500 8484
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