Two companies working together can clear a parcel of land in 8 hours. Working alone, it would take Company A 5 hours longer to clear the land than it would Company B. How long would it take Company B to clear the parcel of land alone? (Round your answer to the nearest tenth.)

Guest Jul 23, 2020

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Let the hourly rate of company B = 1/B

Then, the hourly rate of company A =1 /(B + 5)

1/B + 1 / (B+5) = 1/8, solve for B

Solve for B:

1/B + 1/(B + 5) = 1/8

Bring 1/B + 1/(B + 5) together using the common denominator B (B + 5):

(2 B + 5)/(B (B + 5)) = 1/8

Cross multiply:

8 (2 B + 5) = B (B + 5)

Expand out terms of the left hand side:

16 B + 40 = B (B + 5)

Expand out terms of the right hand side:

16 B + 40 = B^2 + 5 B

Subtract B^2 + 5 B from both sides:

-B^2 + 11 B + 40 = 0

Multiply both sides by -1:

B^2 - 11 B - 40 = 0

Add 40 to both sides:

B^2 - 11 B = 40

Add 121/4 to both sides:

B^2 - 11 B + 121/4 = 281/4

Write the left hand side as a square:

(B - 11/2)^2 = 281/4

Take the square root of both sides:

B - 11/2 = sqrt(281)/2 or B - 11/2 = -sqrt(281)/2

Add 11/2 to both sides:

B = 11/2 + sqrt(281)/2 or B - 11/2 = -sqrt(281)/2

Add 11/2 to both sides:

B = 11/2 + sqrt(281)/2 =13.882 =**~13.9 hours for Co. B to finish the Job alone.**

**13.9 + 5 =~18.9 hours for Co. A to finish the Job alone **

Guest Jul 23, 2020