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lots of calculation!! is there a better way? Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:49 pm
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A labourer lays marble tiles in a rectangular plot of length 990 ft and breadth 396 ft. If he charges \$45 per acre to lay the tiles. What is the total cost of laying the tiles in the plot? (43,560 square feet = 1 acre
[A] \$400
[B] \$405
[C] \$410
[D] \$360
[E] \$450

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Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:49 pm
AJWILL wrote:
A labourer lays marble tiles in a rectangular plot of length 990 ft and breadth 396 ft. If he charges \$45 per acre to lay the tiles. What is the total cost of laying the tiles in the plot? (43,560 square feet = 1 acre
[A] \$400
[B] \$405
[C] \$410
[D] \$360
[E] \$450
Since the numbers are pretty close, I can't think of a faster way than calculating. However, we can try to do the minimum amount of calculations.
We know that area of plot = 990*396. Keep it as such.

Now cost of laying tiles = 45*990*396/43560 =
45* 99*396/4356 = 5*9*11*9*4*11*9/(4356). Now 4356 is divisible by 4 because its last two digits (56) are divisible by 4. The 4 at the top will cancel out. We will be left with all odd integers on the denominator.

Hence, looking at the answer choices we know that only B can be the answer since the denominator will be odd, making the integer answer odd. 405 is the only odd answer.

Hence we choose B without doing much calculation.

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