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 Post subject: Maths questionsPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:51 pm

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Hi all,

Can someone help explain the following:

Mia is running steadily around the track. She does one lap every 60 seconds. Gareth is running steadily round the track in the opposite direction.

If they meet each other every 24 seconds, how long does it take Gareth to do a lap of the track?

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Mr Sahota can harvest an acre of maize in half the time it takes him to harvest an acre of millet. To harvest 3 acres of each crop takes him a total of 6 days. How long would it take him in total to harvest 5 acres of maize and 2 acres of millet?

Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Maths questionsPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:04 pm

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How far have you got on the second one? If 3 of each takes 6 days can you think how to find how many millet [or maize] that would be in that time?

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 Post subject: Re: Maths questionsPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:37 am

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Thanks.

To be honest I got quite tied up with the second one and was trying to work out half days?!

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 Post subject: Re: Maths questionsPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:26 am

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MCLC wrote:
Mr Sahota can harvest an acre of maize in half the time it takes him to harvest an acre of millet. To harvest 3 acres of each crop takes him a total of 6 days. How long would it take him in total to harvest 5 acres of maize and 2 acres of millet?

I think the key 'insight' they're looking for here is that if Mr Sahota can harvest an acre of maize in half the time it takes him to harvest an acre of millet, then of the total 6 days he spends harvesting, 1/3 of that time (i.e. 2 days) must be spent harvesting maize and 2/3 of that time (i.e. 4 days) must be spent harvesting millet.

Given that within that 6 days he harvested 3 acres of each crop, he harvests maize at a rate of 3 acres per 2 days (1.5 acres per day) and millet at 3 acres per 4 days (0.75 acres per day).

We then just need to multiply each 'acres per day' by the number of acres in the question.

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 Post subject: Re: Maths questionsPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:29 am

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Thanks Goodheart. That really helps.

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