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How do I find the fraction of the job done?

jaytheseer

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Jan 28, 2014
14
If a worker can wash all the glass windows of a building in 9 days, what part of the job can
said workers finish in 6 days?


1. ¼
2. 1/3
3. 2/3
4. 3/5
5. ¾
 

Deveno

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Feb 15, 2012
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Re: Need EXPLANATION on how to solve this one. Thanks!

Here is a hint: If it takes 9 days to wash ALL the windows, what fraction of the total will the worker wash in ONE day? (What number is 1 part of 9 making a whole)?

Multiply your answer to THAT question by six. You may have to "reduce" your final answer.
 

jaytheseer

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Jan 28, 2014
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Re: Need EXPLANATION on how to solve this one. Thanks!

Is it 2/3? I tried to draw a figure to be able to visualize it (and it takes much time). I don't know other ways to solve it. :confused:
 

Prove It

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Jan 26, 2012
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Re: Need EXPLANATION on how to solve this one. Thanks!

Is it 2/3? I tried to draw a figure to be able to visualize it (and it takes much time). I don't know other ways to solve it. :confused:
No drawings are needed. But your answer is correct, in 6 days one person can wash 2/3 of the windows. The easier way is to use ratios.

Set up a ratio "Proportion of the windows washed : Number of days", in this case it will be 1:9. So if you wanted to know how much in one day, you simply have to divide both sides by 9, giving 1/9 : 1 (in other words, 1/9 of the windows in 1 day), then for six days multiply everything by 6, giving 6/9 : 6, or if you like, 2/3 : 6 (2/3 of all the windows will be done in 6 days).

Can you go from here?
 

jaytheseer

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Jan 28, 2014
14
Got it!!! Thanks guys! :)
 

Prove It

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Jan 26, 2012
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Having said that no drawings were necessary, I'd still be very interested in seeing them, as I love seeing different ways to solve problems and will never discourage a student's creativity...