Posted on 2006-04-23
Last Modified: 2010-10-05
suppose 8 monkeys take 8 minutes to eat 8 bananas,
how many monkeys would it take to eat 48 bananas in 48 minutes
Question by:shilpi84
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi shilpi84,

    1min 1 monkey 1/8 banana

    48 mins 1 monkey 48/8 = 6 banana

    48 mins 8 monkey 48 banana

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    Expert Comment

    short answer : 8 :)

    Don't accept my answer !!! Accept sunnycoder's :)
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    by:Harisha M G
    Although it seems to be very simple in this case, it won't be the same everytime.

    So, you must consider this:

    More the monkeys, more the bananas they can eat in same time.

    More the bananas, more the time required.

    Total "work" to be done = 8 bananas
    Rate of "work" = 8 bananas/(8 monkeys * 8 minutes) = 1/8

    So, the total work required to be done = 48 bananas.
    Since rate of doing work is the same, 48/(x * 48) = 1/8

    So, 8 is the answer.

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