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if it takes 12 people 8 hours to do a certain job, how many hours would it take 3 people to do 1/4 of the same job?

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8 hours
find how long it takes 3 people to do the whole job then divide that by 4
@cwrw238 If Julian is correct, you would need to multiply by 4 instead of dividing.

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for whole job time by 3 people = 12 * 8 ----- = 32 hours 3 - now divide that by 4...
But why not 12/8=3/x as a proportion?
no - the number of hours for 3 people must take more time than when 12 people do it ( time 4)
I see.
this is inverse proportionality less people - more hours
h = k/p when h = 8, p = 12 8 = k/12 k = 96 so h = 96/p when p = 3 h = 96/3 = 32

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