Posted by **Summer** on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:23pm.

1.Jeff can weed the garden in 4 h. His wife takes the same amount of time. After they worked for 1 hr, their son helped them finish in 1/2 h. H long would it have taken Rory by himself to weed the garden?

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**Reiny**, Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:39pm
jeff's rate = 1/4

wife's rate = 1/4

combined rate = 1/4 + 1/4 = 1/2

job done after 1 hr = (1/2)(1 hr) = 1/2

let son's rate be 1/x , (who is Rory ? )

combined rate = 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/x

= 1/2 + 1/x

= (x+1)/(2x)

time for rest of job = (1/2)/combined rate)

(1/2)/((x+1)/(2x))

= (1/2)(2x/(x+1)

= x/(x+1)

but x/(x+1) = 1/2 hr

2x = x+1

x = 1

So Rory could do the garden in 1 hour by himself

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**Steve**, Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:52pm
eh?

mom and pop each do 1/4 job in 1 hour

so, 1/2 job remained when Rory came to work.

In the next 1/2 hour, mom and pop each did another 1/8 of the job, or 1/4 combined.

That left 1/4 of the job for Rory to do in 1/2 hour. So, Rory could do the whole job in 2 hours by himself.

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