# CAT Practice : Pipes cisterns, Work time

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Sum of the rate of flow of individual pipes gives the combined flow rate

## Pipe flow rate

Q.11: Pipe A can fill a tank in 12 hours. When it works along with Pipe B, it can fill the tank in 8 hours. In how many hours can pipe B fill the same tank independently?.
1. 8 hrs
2. 12 hrs
3. 24 hrs
4. 16 hrs

• Correct Answer
Choice C. 24 hrs

## Detailed Solution

Let the capacity of the tank be C.
Rate of Pipe A = $\frac{C}{A}$
Rate of Pipe B = $\frac{C}{B}$
Rate of Pipe A and Pipe B together = $\frac{C}{A} + \frac{C}{B} = \frac{C}{8}$
$\frac{C}{12} + \frac{C}{B} = \frac{C}{8}$
$\frac{C}{B} = \frac{C}{8} - \frac{C}{12} = \frac{C}{24}$

Pipe B independently will take 24 hours to fill the tank.

Correct Answer: 24 hrs

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Mathematicians are creatures of habit. This topic has been called Pipes and Cisterns because someone named it like it long ago. Pipes and Tanks would be much better - at least makes it sound like wartime.