Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 8:10pm.
Can anybody help me with this? I don't understand?:
Tim paints 1 fence every two minutes. Moby paints 14 fences every two minutes. How many minutes will it take them to paint the fences, working together, if they have 150 fences to paint.

Math  TutorCat, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 8:26pm
1/2 + 2/14 = x/150

Math  TutorCat, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 8:28pm
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Math (correction)  TutorCat, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 8:33pm
2/1+14/2=150/x

Math  bobpursley, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 8:50pm
Here is a common sense approach. In two minutes, they both paint 15 fences.
amount=rate*time
150fences=15fences/2min * time
time= 150*2/15=20 min
Now a more analytical approach.
The combined rate is the rate of each added.
ratecombined= 1fence/2min+14fence/2 min
= 15fence/2 min
fencestotal= ratecombined*time
150=15/2 * time and you have it.

Math (opps)  TutorCat, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 9:00pm
opps! be sure to write the units out because I accidentally wrote 2 min/1 fence instead of 1 fence/ 2 min.
1 fence/2 min +14 fence/2 min= 150 fence/x min
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