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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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A contractor agrees to complete a work in 100 days. He engaged 140 men for the job and after doing the work for 60 days, he came to know that only half the work was completed. How many more men should he hire to finish the work in the agreed time?

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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So, 140 men did half the work in 60 days, and the boss needs enough extra men to get the remaining work done in 40 days. So that means...[left for others]

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Approximately this many:

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**tt****Member**- Registered: 2005-07-03
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He should hire 70 more men to complete the work in agreed time.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Excellent! You are correct! Tell us how you did it!

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**tt****Member**- Registered: 2005-07-03
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The contractor needed 140 men X 60 days = 8400 man-days to do half the work. So he'll need 8400 more man-days to do the rest. He only has 40 days left, then he'll need 8400 man-days / 40 days = 210 men. He already has 140 men, so he has to hire 70 more men.

*Last edited by tt (2005-07-14 17:53:51)*

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