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John takes 3 hours longer than andrew to peel 400 pounds of apples. if together they can peel 400 pounds of apples in 9 hours, then how long would it take john to peal the apples working alone?
time to do job = "x" hrs.
rate doing job = 1/x job/hr.
time to do job = "x+3" hrs.
rate doing job = 1/(x+3) job/hr.
time to do job = 9 hrs.
rate doing job = 1/9 job/hr.
Rate + Rate = Rate
1/x + 1/(x+3) = 1/9
Use quadratic formula to get:
x=[15+sqrt(333)]/2 or [15-sqrt(333)]/2
The 2nd value of "x" is negative.
John's time = x+3 = 19.624 hrs.