anonymous
  • anonymous
PLEASE HELP, EASY Jeff and Lucy have been asked to wash their mom’s minivan. It takes Jeff 2 hours to wash the van by himself, and it takes Lucy 1.5 hours to wash the van by herself. How long will it take Jeff and Lucy to wash the van if they work together?
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jamiebookeater
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Ok. First find how much work is done individually in one hour.
anonymous
  • anonymous
So, if Jeff does the work in 2 hours, how much will he get done in 1 hour?
anonymous
  • anonymous
the whole car?

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anonymous
  • anonymous
Well. In 2 hours, he gets all of the work done. In 1 hour, he gets half the work done because it's half the time it takes. Does that make sense? In other words, \(\frac12\).
anonymous
  • anonymous
Now, in one hour, Lucy does \(\LARGE \frac{1}{1.5}\) amount of the work. If you combine it, you get this. \[\huge\frac 12 + \frac{1}{1.5} = \frac1x\]Can you solve for x here?
anonymous
  • anonymous
so What equation is used to solve this problem? What does each variable represent?
anonymous
  • anonymous
oh ok so thats the equation we use?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I just gave you the equation and the variable represents how long it takes for them to do it when they combine.
anonymous
  • anonymous
oh thanks! so whats the solution?
anonymous
  • anonymous
can i cross multiply to get the solution?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I suppose you can, but you have to in the very least get a common denominator before that. \[\frac 12 \times \frac33+ \frac{1}{1.5} \times\frac44= \frac 1x \implies \frac 36 + \frac46 = \frac1x \implies \frac{7}{6} = \frac1x\]Now you can cross multiply. 7x = 6 x = ?
anonymous
  • anonymous
so it would be the fraction of 6/7 ??
anonymous
  • anonymous
yup :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
:) so thats the solution?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I believe so :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
and last question, so how long does it take for BOTH of them to wash the car together?
anonymous
  • anonymous
That's the answer...
anonymous
  • anonymous
i plug in the solution and thats the time it takes for both of them...right
anonymous
  • anonymous
The solutions 6/7 is how long it takes to wash the car.
anonymous
  • anonymous
but that doesnt make sense lol
anonymous
  • anonymous
@apoorvk Can you double check my work here?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I'm pretty sure that it would take 6/7 of an hour to wash the car together though...
anonymous
  • anonymous
\OHH 6/7 of an hour. ok now it makes sense. thanks for all your help :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
np :)
apoorvk
  • apoorvk
@Calcmathlete yeah you are right - well almost. :P Actually 1/2 + 1/(1.5) gives you the work that can be completed by both kids together *in an hour* - so they basically complete 6/7 of the work in an hour. Hence they will need 1/(6/7), i.e. 7/6 hours to complete the work from scratch! :]
anonymous
  • anonymous
Oh ok. I was always under the impressions that since \(\LARGE \frac 1x\) represents work done in an hour, the reciprocal which is x would give you the combined rate?
apoorvk
  • apoorvk
Work done in an hour is itself the rate - isn't it? ;)
anonymous
  • anonymous
lol...I have always been confused at this part...I'll take your word for it XD
apoorvk
  • apoorvk
No, don't take 'my' word - understand it and take your brain's word then ;)
anonymous
  • anonymous
Ok. \[\frac 1x = \frac 76 = \text{Work rate}\]\[\]
anonymous
  • anonymous
Than last question. What exactly would 6/7 be then?
apoorvk
  • apoorvk
Oh wait - it-is-my bad! :O I completely misread what you'd written! ಠ_ಠ You had got 1/2 + 1/1.5 = 7/6, and so ofcourse the complete the work in 6/7 hours together!! I am really sorry, am stupid. -__-
anonymous
  • anonymous
lol. no worries ;)
apoorvk
  • apoorvk
I thought *1/2 + 1/1.5* was 6/7 - so I made that mix-up. Apologies once again!

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