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Pipes Cisterns - Work Time

    Q.12: Number of units of a good that can be produced by a factory is directly proportional to the square of the number of workers, square root of the number of machines and to the number of hours put in. The factory produces 200 goods when 4 people work for 8 hours each with 4 machines. When 3 people work for 12 hours each with 9 machines, how many goods will be produced?.


  • Correct Answer
    Choice A.

Detailed Solution

G α No of workers2
G α
G α No of hours 200 α
200 α 16 x 2 x 8
200 α 256
200 = k x 256

Correct Answer:

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