150 workers were engaged to finish a piece of work in a certain number of days. Four workers dropped the second day, four more workers dropped the third day and so on. It takes 8 more days to finish the work now. Find the number of days in which the work was completed.
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let the work be complete in x days
The work should have been complete by x-8 days.
Total man-days= 150(x-8)
As four worker drop on each day
The total work days are 150,150-4, 150-8..... 150-(x-1)4
These are in arithmetic progression where
a1=150 d= - 4 and n=x
so total working man-days= x(2a1-4(x-1))/2
Then we have 150(x-8)=x(304-4x)/2
⇒ 300x-2400= 304x-4x²
⇒ x² -x -600=0
solving we have x=25
The work was complete in 25 days.