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No. of people problem

  1. Aug 7, 2008 #1
    I have a process that takes a total of 25 mins to complete.
    5 people are available to do 10 mins of it and 3 people the remainder.
    The process can be done many times a day.

    I don't know if it makes a difference but the 10 min part is only done by 1 person and the 15 min part can be done by any of the 3.

    How can I express the number of people available for the process as a single fraction?

    Thanks in advance...
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  3. Aug 7, 2008 #2
    What exactly do you mean by the number of people for the process as a fraction? Are you saying that 1 of the 5 people does the 10 min part and 1 of the 3 people does the 15 min part?
  4. Aug 8, 2008 #3
    A total of 8 people are involved but not all of them will contribute. I want to be able to say "this process requires x number of people".

    1 of the 5 people does the first part but any of the 3 people can do the second.
  5. Aug 8, 2008 #4


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    I, for one, still don't understand the question.
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