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    Word Problems (algebra)

    This is more Q&A on how to solve don't bother solving it.

    1. Write an equation that can be used to solve the problem. The answer the question asked. A group of college students are volunteering for habitat for humanity during their spring break. They are putting the finishing touches on a house they built. Working alone, Kathy can paint a certain room in 4 hours. Rhonda can paint the same room in 6 hours. How long will it take them working together to paint the room?

    In this problem what would X be? The amount of rooms? Which in this case would be 1?

    2. The sum of the reciprocal of a number and the reciprocal of 6 less than the number is 8 times the reciprocal of the original number. Find the original number.

    Should I set up some sort of formula or should I just do guess and check and follow what it says until I guess the original number?
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    There are several ways to approach this question. This is my approach.

    kathy takes 4 hours to paint 1 room
    Rhonda takes 6 hours to paint 1 room
    Kathy takes 24hrs to paint 6 room
    Rhonda takes 24 hrs to paint 4 room
    Together they can paint 10 rms in 24 hrs
    Therefore 1 Room will take 24 / 10 = 2.4 hrs to painted by both of them

    For the second question :

    Let the number be x.
    1/8x = 1/x + 1/(x-6)
    Find x.

    Hope it helps.
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