1. There may be a simple way of answering this but I'm stumped! it takes 10 people 6 days to decorate a house. how long will it take 4 people?

Any help appreciated

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3. Ever heard the term "man-hours" to complete a job? This is very similar in units, except it's "people-days" ...

1 house decorated by 10 people in 6 days means it takes 60 people-days (same as 60 days for 1 person to finish decorating the house)

(60 people-days to finish a house)/(4 people working) = 15 days to finish

Originally Posted by skeeter
Ever heard the term "man-hours" to complete a job? This is very similar in units, except it's "people-days" ...

1 house decorated by 10 people in 6 days means it takes 60 people-days (same as 60 days for 1 person to finish decorating the house)

(60 people-days to finish a house)/(4 people working) = 15 days to finish
Thanks for this Skeeter. So the calculation is people X days (in the original calculation) then divide by however number of people are in the question?

5. The more people you have the less time it will take. This is an "inverse" proportion. You have 4/10= 2/5 as many people so it will take 10/4= 5/2 as long.

(Also, this is assuming that each person works at the same rate no matter how many people there are. If "decorating" involved lifting some object so heavy it takes 5 people to lift it, 4 could never finish!)