Posted by **Sam** on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 9:45am.

If 5 fishermen catch 5 fish in 5 minutes, how many minutes will it take 50 fishermen to catch 50 fish?

If 5 fishermen catch 5 fish in 5 minutes, then the average time it takes each fisherman is 5 minutes to catch one fish. It will take 50 fishermen 5 minutes to catch 50 fish -- at the rate of 1 fish per man per 5 minutes.

You're reasoning is absolutely correct.

We're told

"If 5 fishermen catch 5 fish in 5 minutes, how many minutes will it take 50 fishermen to catch 50 fish?"

There are two separate, but related, items to look at: the expected number of fish each person caught and the expected time it took them to catch a fish.

We're told that 5 people caught 5 fish, but not how many each caught. One person could've caught all 5! However, the expected number of fish each caught is the simple average, or 5 fish per 5 fishermen = 1 fish. The expected time period is the same time interval for each person. The answer to the question is a constant time for each fishermen to catch one fish, or 5 minutes. If the question had been e.g., how long would it take 50 fishermen to catch 100 fish?, then since it takes each 5min/fish, it should take 10min.

## Answer this Question

## Related Questions

- physics - 1-kg salmon is hooked by fishermen and it swims off at 2m/s. The ...
- Probability - You catch and tag 100 fish from a lake and release them unharmed. ...
- niu - he Declining Fish Stock VLR located under the Week Six Materials section ...
- science - Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in APA format that includes the ...
- sci 275 - Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in APA format that includes the ...
- SCI 275 - Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in APA format that includes the ...
- Physics - You are standing on a fish pond wishing to catch a fish. How would you...
- math - Two mothers and two daughters were fishing.Thy managed to catch one big ...
- MATH - BOB THREW 8 OF THE FISH HE CAUGHT BACK IN THE WATER. HE DIVIDE THE REST ...
- Math - Ned caught 1/3 pound of fish. Sarah caught 5/12 pound of fish . Jessica ...