Work problems often show up in the teacher’s board for the Mathematics Specialization test and in the General Education Tests. This type of problem may look like this:
Person A can paint a room alone in 5 hours. Person B takes 8 hours to paint the same room. How long will it take Persons A and B to paint the same room together?
When you see a problem similar to this, you only need to remember one formula:
Work Problems Formula
In the formula, refers to the time they will spend painting the room together. The refers to the time that person A spends to paint the room alone. In this case, is equal to 5. The refers to the time that person B spends to paint the same room alone. In this case, is equal to 8.
= time they will spend painting the room together (Unknown)
= time that person A spends to paint the room alone
= time that person B spends to paint the same room alone
If we substitute the variables with their respective values, we should get this equation.
After substituting the variables with their respective numerical values, we can now start solving for .
To solve this problem, we will need to apply the rules for adding fractions. Just click the link if you need to review the process: Adding Fractions Review
To solve for , we need to add to . In this case, the lowest common denominator is 40. To add the fractions, we will need to use 40 as the denominator of the new fraction. Our process should now look like this:
At this point, we will need to multiply both side of the equation by 40 to remove the fraction
Now that you have the answer, you will need to choose the answer in your LET questionnaire that is closest to the answer.
2nd Type of the Work Problem
There are many variations of the Work Together Problem. Sometimes, is given and you need to look for either or . Here is an example of this variation:
Jamie and Bea can make one hundred hotdog sandwiches in four hours. If Jamie can make the same amount of hotdog sandwiches in eight hours, how long will it take Bea to do all the work by herself?
Using the same equation, first you will need to substitute all the given variables with their respective values. In this problem, the substitution goes like this:
= 4 hours
= 8 hours (Jamie’s working time)
= Unknown (We are looking Bea’s time)
The equation goes like this:
The examples in this article are only two of the simple variations of the work problems. After reviewing these problems, you can practice using our online mock tests here: Click Here to Practiceon Work Problems.
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