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A flagstaff 17.5 metre high casts a shadow of length 40.25 metre. The height of building, which casts a shadow of length 28.75 metre under similar conditions will be :
 12 metre
 12.5 metre
 13.5 metre
 14 metre
Answer: Option B
Explanation:
Less shadow, Less Height (Direct Proportion)
So, let height of building be x metre
then,
\begin{aligned}
40.25 : 17.5 :: 28.75 : x \\
=> x = \frac{17.5*28.75}{40.25} \\
=> x = 12.5
\end{aligned}
So height of building should be 12.5 metre
1. If 16 toys cost 240, then what do 40 toys cost ?
 Rs. 600
 Rs. 620
 Rs. 640
 Rs. 660
Answer: Option C
Explanation:
Although we can first calculate the cost of one toy and then can multiply it with 40 to get the result.
but we will solve it with chain rule so that we can prepare ourself for other complex problems which we can solve easily by applying this rule.
Let the required cost be Rs. x
More toys means More Cost. (Direct Proportion)
\begin{aligned}
15:40 :: 240:x \\
=> x = \frac{240*40}{15} \\
=> x = 640
\end{aligned}
So 40 toys will cost Rs 640
2. An industrial loom weaves 0.128 metres of cloth every second. Approximately, how many seconds will it take for the loom to weave 25 metre of cloth ?
 194 seconds
 195 seconds
 196 seconds
 197 seconds
Answer: Option B
Explanation:
Let the time required by x seconds.
Then, More cloth means More time (Direct Proportion)
So,
\begin{aligned}
0.128 : 1 :: 25 : x
=> x = \frac{25*1}{0.128} \\
=> x = 195.31
\end{aligned}
So time will be approx 195 seconds
3. 36 men can complete a piece of work in 18 days. In how many days will 27 men complete the same work ?
 24 days
 28 days
 34 days
 35 days
Answer: Option A
Explanation:
Less Men, means more Days {Indirect Proportion}
Let the number of days be x
then,
27 : 36 :: 18 : x
[Please pay attention, we have written 27 : 36 rather than 36 : 27, in indirect proportion, if you get it then chain rule is clear to you :)]
\begin{aligned}
x = \frac{36*18}{27} \\
x = 24
\end{aligned}
So 24 days will be required to get work done by 27 men.
4. If a quarter kg of potato costs 60 paise, how many paise will 200gm cost ?
 45 paise
 46 paise
 47 paise
 48 paise
Answer: Option D
Explanation:
Quarter of Kg means 250 gm
Less weight, less price (Direct Proportion)
So,
\begin{aligned}
250:200 :: 60:x \\
=> x = \frac{200*60}{250} \\
=> x = 48
\end{aligned}
So 200 gm will cost 48 paise.
5. 4 matweavers can weave 4 mats in 4 days. At the same rate, how many mats would be woven by 8 mat weavers in 8 days ?
 12
 14
 16
 18
Answer: Option C
Explanation:
Please always remember, that what exactly we need to calculate before applying chain formula. As in this question we need to find how many mats, RIGHT !
So we will compare everything with "number of mats"
As,
More men, More number of mats (Direct Proportion)
More days, More number of mats (Direct Proportion)
So, it can be solved as,
\begin{aligned}
\begin{bmatrix}Weavers & 4 & 8 \\Days & 4 & 8 \end{bmatrix} :: 4 : x \\
=> x*4*4 = 8*8*4 \\
=> x = 16
\end{aligned}
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