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Posted by **Britanny** on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 5:17pm.

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**Leo**, Friday, December 5, 2008 at 5:27pmHINT

Sally can paint 3 houses in 12 hours.

John can paint 2 houses in 12 hours.

Therefore, Sally and John together can paint 5 houses in 12 hours.

So, at the same rate, how long will it take them to paint 1 house together?

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**Britanny**, Friday, December 5, 2008 at 5:37pmWould you please further explain? I'm lost.

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**Ms. Sue**, Friday, December 5, 2008 at 6:05pmUse Leo's hint that together they could paint 5 houses in 12 hours.

Divide: 12 by 5 = 2.4

That means that Sally and John together can paint a house in 2.4 hours.

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**Reiny**, Friday, December 5, 2008 at 6:17pmor..

Sally's rate = house/4 hrs

John's rate = house/6 hours

combined rate = house/4 + house/6 = 5house/12

so time with combined rate = house/(5house/12) = 12/5 = 2.4 hours

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**Britanny**, Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:23pmHow did you come up with the combine rate of house/4 + house/6 = 5houses/12?

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**Reiny**, Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:38pmhouse/4 + house/6

= house(1/4 + 1/6)

= house(5/12)

= 5house/12

house is just my name for the constant, you could call it anything you want, say x or y or a or b ....

in the end it cancels

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