The Quest for 700: Weekly GMAT Challenge (Answer)

Yesterday Manhattan GMAT posted a GMAT question on our blog. Today, they have followed up with the answer:

Let t stand for the desired time, so that the drain can empty the tub in t minutes and faucet Q can fill the tub in (t – 4) minutes. Also, the drain does negative work as it empties the tub. The rates for the pipes and the drain are thus

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Using the fact that all three fixtures together take 6 minutes to fill 1 tub, set up an RTW chart, and use the chart to calculate the total work quantities (shown in boldface):

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Set up an equation:

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Multiply by the common denominator,

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The negative value is absurd, so t = 10; the drain can empty the tub in 10 minutes.

The correct answer is C.

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