# CAT Practice : Pipes cisterns, Work time

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Classic Work - Time Question!!

## Watering A Garden

Q.19: Ajay and Suraj can water a garden in 45 minutes and 40 minutes respectively. They started working together but after some time Ajay left to watch a cricket match. Suraj hurriedly finished the work in next 23 minutes and joined Ajay. After how many minutes had Ajay left?
1. 9 min
2. 8 min
3. 7 min
4. 10 min

Choice A. 9 min

## Detailed Solution

Suraj took 23 minutes to finish the remaining work = $\frac{23}{40}$

Work finished by Ajay and Suraj together = $\frac{17}{40}$

Time taken = $\frac{\frac{17}{40}}{\frac{1}{45} + \frac{1}{40}} = \frac{17}{\frac{8}{9} + 1} = \frac{17}{\frac{17}{9}}$ = 9 mins

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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.