A tank can be fully filled with water using a pipe that fills 20 liters in a minute. A bigger pipe that can fill 25 liters in a minute ..will take one minute less to fill the same tank. How...

A tank can be fully filled with water using a pipe that fills 20 liters in a minute. A bigger pipe that can fill 25 liters in a minute ..

will take one minute less to fill the same tank. How many minutes does the smaller pipe take to fill the tank?

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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Let the time taken to fill the tank with the smaller pipe be T. This pipe fills at the rate of 20 liters/ minute.

So the capacity of the tank is 20T.

The bigger pipe fills at 25 liters/ minute and takes 1 minute less.

So we have 20T / 25 = T - 1

=> 20T = 25T - 25

=> 5T = 25

=> T = 5

Therefore the smaller pipe takes 5 minutes to fill the tank.

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hala718 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Let the volume of the tank be V ( in litres)

The rate of filling the tank with a smaller pipe is 20 L / m

Then, the time will be taker to fill the tank is  T1 = V/20 .......(1)

Now with the bigger pipe, the rate is 25 L / m

Then the time will be taken to fill the tank is T2 = V/25

But the time taken is one minute less than the time required to fill with smaller pipe.

==>  T2 = T1 - 1

==> T1 -1 = v/25

==> T1 = v/25 + 1............(2)

Now from (1) and (2) we conclude that:

v/25 + 1 = v/ 20

==> (v+25) / 25 = v/20

==> (v+25) /5  = v/ 4

We will multiply by 20.

==> 4(v+25) = 5v

==> 4v + 100 = 5v

==> V = 100 litre

==> T1 = v/20 = 100/20 = 5 minutes.

Then, the time required to fill the tank with the smaller pipe is 5 minutes.

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Let V be the volume of the tank  in litres.

Then at the rate of 20 litre per minute the smaller pipe takes V/20 minutes.

Then the bigger pipe takes V/20-1 minutes by data which should also be equal to V/ 25 minutes. 

 Therefore V/20 -1 = V/25. Multiplying by 20*25 we get:

 25V - 20*25 = 20 V.

So 25V- 20 V = 20*25.

5V = 20* 25.

 V = 20*25/ 5 = 100 litre.

So the smaller pipe takes 100/20 = 5 minutes.

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