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A painting job can be completed by 6 painters in 20 days. If 6 more painters join the team 4 days after starting work on the job, then how many more days are required to complete the job?
Answer: 8

Solution:

Total effort required by 6 painters for 20 days = 6 × 20 = 120 man-days.

Initial effort by 6 painters for 4 days = 6 × 4 = 24 man-days.

Job still requires 120 − 24 = 96 man-days, and there are 12 painters available to do it.

Additional effort required by 12 painters for 96 man-days = 96 / 12 = 8 days.

Thus, 8 more days are required to complete the painting job.

Alternative Shorter Solution:

6 painters require 20 − 4 = 16 more days to complete the job.
Therefore, 6 + 6 = 12 painters will require 16 × 6 / 12 = 8 more days to complete the job.

Food for thought:

The number of days for the job is inversely proportional to the number of painters. So, is 'number of days × number of painters = constant'?

What assumptions were made to arrive at the solution?
Is something assumed about the output of the painters?

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