it takes a computer 8 days to print all of the personalized keters for a national sweepstakes. A new computer is purchased that can do the same job in 5 days. How long would it take to do the job with both computers working on it?

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- Sep 22nd 2005, 07:43 PMjgalang3[SOLVED] computers sweepstakes
it takes a computer 8 days to print all of the personalized keters for a national sweepstakes. A new computer is purchased that can do the same job in 5 days. How long would it take to do the job with both computers working on it?

- Sep 22nd 2005, 11:25 PMrgep
The first computer does 1/8 of the work in one day and the second does 1/5 of the work in one day. So both together do 1/8 + 1/5 of the work in one day. You need to simplify 1/8 + 1/5 into a fraction of the form A/B: then if both computers do A/B of the work in one day, they do all the work in B/A days.

In my day people were digging holes and the like. See the The Human Element in Mathematics by Stephen Leacock.