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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Cameron can paint a room in c hours. Cameron and Mackenzie.. tagged by: AAPL ##### This topic has 3 expert replies and 0 member replies ### Top Member ## Cameron can paint a room in c hours. Cameron and Mackenzie.. Cameron can paint a room in c hours. Cameron and Mackenzie, working together, can paint the room in d hours. In terms of c and d, how long in hours would it take Mackenzie, working alone, to paint the room? $$A.\ 2d-c$$ $$B.\ \frac{c+d}{cd}$$ $$C.\ \frac{c-d}{cd}$$ $$D.\ \frac{cd}{c+d}$$ $$E.\ \frac{cd}{c-d}$$ The OA is E. Can I solve it as follow, Cameron's rate: $$Cam's\ rate=\frac{1}{c}$$ Cameron and Mackenzie's rate when working together: $$Combined\ rate=\frac{1}{d}$$ Mackenzie's rate: $$Mack's\ rate=\frac{1}{d}-\frac{1}{c}$$ Finally, Mackenzie's time: $$T(Mackenzie)=\frac{1}{\frac{1}{d}-\frac{1}{c}}=\frac{1}{\frac{c-d}{cd}}=\frac{cd}{c-d}$$ Is there a strategic approach to this question? Can any experts help, please? ### GMAT/MBA Expert Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 16 Dec 2014 Posted: 94 messages Followed by: 4 members Upvotes: 2 GMAT Score: 770 Top Reply AAPL wrote: Cameron can paint a room in c hours. Cameron and Mackenzie, working together, can paint the room in d hours. In terms of c and d, how long in hours would it take Mackenzie, working alone, to paint the room? $$A.\ 2d-c$$ $$B.\ \frac{c+d}{cd}$$ $$C.\ \frac{c-d}{cd}$$ $$D.\ \frac{cd}{c+d}$$ $$E.\ \frac{cd}{c-d}$$ The OA is E. Can I solve it as follow, Cameron's rate: $$Cam's\ rate=\frac{1}{c}$$ Cameron and Mackenzie's rate when working together: $$Combined\ rate=\frac{1}{d}$$ Mackenzie's rate: $$Mack's\ rate=\frac{1}{d}-\frac{1}{c}$$ Finally, Mackenzie's time: $$T(Mackenzie)=\frac{1}{\frac{1}{d}-\frac{1}{c}}=\frac{1}{\frac{c-d}{cd}}=\frac{cd}{c-d}$$ Is there a strategic approach to this question? Can any experts help, please? I like the way you approached it. In long form I would solve it as follows: Rate = Work/Time (1) Rc = 1/c (2) Rc + Rd = 1/d (3) Rd = 1/T Put (1) and (3) into 2: 1/c + 1/T = 1/d 1/T = 1/d - 1/c 1/T = (c - d)/cd T = cd/(c-d) Answer is E. ### GMAT/MBA Expert Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 9942 messages Followed by: 492 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Hi AAPL, We're told that Cameron can paint a room in C hours and Cameron and Mackenzie, working TOGETHER, can paint the room in D hours. We're asked, in terms of C and D, for how long (in hours) would it take Mackenzie, working alone, to paint the room. This is an example of a "Work Formula" question - when you have two entities working together on a task, you can use the following formula to determine how long it will take the two entities to complete the task: (X)(Y)/(X+Y) = time to complete the task (where X and Y are the two times it takes the individuals to complete the task when working alone). We can use this formula - and TEST VALUES - to get the correct answer. IF... Cameron takes 3 hours to paint the room and Mackenzie takes 6 hours to paint the room, then... it would take (3)(6)/(3+6) = 18/9 = 2 hours for the two of them to paint the room together. Thus, we're looking for an answer that equals 6 when we plug C=3 and D=2 into it. There's only one answer that matches... Final Answer: E GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich _________________ Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 09 Apr 2015 Posted: 1461 messages Followed by: 17 members Upvotes: 39 AAPL wrote: Cameron can paint a room in c hours. Cameron and Mackenzie, working together, can paint the room in d hours. In terms of c and d, how long in hours would it take Mackenzie, working alone, to paint the room? $$A.\ 2d-c$$ $$B.\ \frac{c+d}{cd}$$ $$C.\ \frac{c-d}{cd}$$ $$D.\ \frac{cd}{c+d}$$ $$E.\ \frac{cd}{c-d}$$ We are given that Cameron can paint a room in c hours. Since rate = work/time, Cameronâ€™s rate is 1/c. We are also given that, working together, Cameron and Mackenzie can paint the room in d hours. If we let m = the time it takes Mackenzie to paint the room alone, we can create the following equation: 1/c + 1/m = 1/d We need to determine how long it would take Mackenzie to paint the room by herself, so we need to isolate m. We can start by multiplying the entire equation by cmd: md + cd = cm cd = cm - md cd = m(c - d) cd/(c - d) = m Answer: E _________________ Jeffrey Miller Head of GMAT Instruction • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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