Question 60

# The amount of job that Amal, Sunil and Kamal can individually do in a day, are in harmonic progression. Kamal takes twice as much time as Amal to do the same amount of job. If Amal and Sunil work for 4 days and 9 days, respectively, Kamal needs to work for 16 days to finish the remaining job. Then the number of days Sunil will take to finish the job working alone, is

Solution

Let us assume the efficiencies of Amal, Sunil, and Kamal are a, s, and k, respectively.

Given that they are in H.P.

=> $$\dfrac{2}{s}=\dfrac{1}{a}+\dfrac{1}{k}$$ ---(1)

Also, given that Kamal takes twice as much time as Amal to do the same amount of job

=> a = 2k

Given that when Amal and Sunil work for 4 days and 9 days, respectively, Kamal needs to work for 16 days to finish the remaining job.

=> If W is the total work => 4a + 9s + 16k = W.

from (1)$$\dfrac{2}{s}=\dfrac{1}{a}+\dfrac{2}{a}$$ => $$a=\dfrac{3}{2}s$$ and $$k=\dfrac{3}{4}s$$

=> $$4\left(\dfrac{3s}{2}\right)+9s+16\left(\dfrac{3s}{4}\right)=W$$

=> $$6s+9s+12s=W$$

=> $$27s=W\ =>\ s\ =\ \dfrac{W}{27}$$

=> Sunil will take 27 days to finish the work when working alone.

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