Here’s and example of a **SMART MATH** problem for **RATIO PROPORTION.**

**Problem**

**Problem**

7 men can dig a canal in 14 weeks. After 2 weeks of work, they are joined by another 7 men. In how many weeks more is the work finished?

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**The Usual Method**

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If 7 men can dig a canal in 14 weeks, than 7 men can dig th of the canal in 1 week. Since, 7 men work for 2 weeks, or th of the canal is dug. Hence, amount of work remaining = .

Additional 7 men join, so now it becomes 14 men. If 7 men dig a canal in 14weeks, 14 men will take 7 weeks to dig the canal. Hence, th of the canal will be dug by 14 men in 1 week.

Since it takes 1 week to do of the work, to do of the work, it will take 6 weeks.

**(Ans: 2)**

*Estimated Time to arrive at the answer = 45 seconds.*

**Using Technique**

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Since, the 7 men work for 2 weeks, balance work is equivalent of 14 – 2 = 12 weeks. However, now since 7 more men join, the capacity doubles up and so time required halves. Hence, time taken will be half of 12 weeks = 6 weeks.

**(Ans: 2)**

*Estimated Time to arrive at the answer = 10 seconds.*

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