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If it takes 50 workers 8 hours to build . . .

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If it takes 50 workers 8 hours to build a log cabin, how long would it have taken 30 workers to build the same cabin?

A) 9 hrs 36 min.

B) 10 hrs 24 min.

C) 12 hrs 24 min.

D) 12 hrs 40 min.

E) 13 hrs 20 min.

The OA is E.

Experts, how can I calculate the answer here? What formula should I state?

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M7MBA wrote:
If it takes 50 workers 8 hours to build a log cabin, how long would it have taken 30 workers to build the same cabin?

A) 9 hrs 36 min.

B) 10 hrs 24 min.

C) 12 hrs 24 min.

D) 12 hrs 40 min.

E) 13 hrs 20 min.

The OA is E.

Experts, how can I calculate the answer here? What formula should I state?
If it takes 50 workers 8 hours to build a cabin, it takes a total of 50*8 = 400 worker-hours to complete the job. In other words, if # workers * # hours worked = 400, we've got ourselves a cabin.

If there are 30 workers, we just need to solve 30 * # hours worked = 400 ---> # hours worked = 400/30 = 40/3 = 13 1/3 hours. The answer is E

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M7MBA wrote:
If it takes 50 workers 8 hours to build a log cabin, how long would it have taken 30 workers to build the same cabin?

A) 9 hrs 36 min.

B) 10 hrs 24 min.

C) 12 hrs 24 min.

D) 12 hrs 40 min.

E) 13 hrs 20 min.

The OA is E.

Experts, how can I calculate the answer here? What formula should I state?
Alternatively, the # of workers and # of hours worked will have a reciprocal relationship. (If we doubled the number of workers, they'd do the job in 1/2 the time, etc.)

If we started with 50 workers, then 30 workers would mean we'd have 30/50 = 3/5 the number of workers. So 3/5 the number of workers will do the job in 5/3 the time, which was initially 8 hours. (5/3) * 8 = 40/3 = 13 1/3. The answer is E

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Hi M7MBA,
Let's take a look at your question.


The question states:
"If it takes 50 workers 8 hours to build a log cabin, how long would it have taken 30 workers to build the same cabin? "

50 workers build a log cabin = 8 hours

If we want to calculated how many hours will one worker take to build that cabin, we will be using the multiplication, since one worker will have to work more than 50 workers. Therefore,
1 worker will build the log cabin = 50 x 8 = 400 hours

Now, we need to find out how many hours 30 workers will take to build the same log cabin. Since 30 workers are more than 1 worker, so they will take less time and hence we will be using the division to find the number of hours.

30 workers will build the log cabin = 400/30 = 13.33 hours.

Therefore 30 workers will take 13.33 hours which means 13 complete hours and some more minutes. Let's see in the given options to find out the closest value to 13.33 hours i.e. 13 hours and 20 minutes.

Therefore, Option E is correct.

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