A pool has 2 pipes, one to fill and one to empty it. Ms. Charles wants to fill the pool, but she mistakenly turns on both pipes at the same time. The pipe that fills the pool can fill in 6 hours and the one that drains it can do that job in 10 hours. How long will it take to fill the now that both pipes are filling and emptying it at the same time?

- The filler pipe can fill 1/6 of the pool every hour.- The drainer pipe can drain 1/10 of the pool every hour.- When they're filling and draining at the same time, the filler pipewill win eventually, because it finishes more of the pool in an hour than what the drain pipe can finish in an hour.- When they're filling and draining at the same time, then every hour,1/6 of the pool fills and 1/10 of it empties. The difference is (1/6) — (1/10). To do that subtraction, we need a common denominator. The smallest denominator that works is 30. 1/6=5/30 1/10=3/30 . So in every hour, 5/30 of the pool fills, and 3/30 of the pool empties. The result of both at the same time is that 2/30=1/15 fills each hour. If nobody notices what's going on and closes the drain pipe, it will take 15 hours to fill the pool. If the drain pipe had not been open, the filler pipe alone could have filled the pool 2-1/2 times in that same 15 hours. With both pipes open, 1-1/2 pool's worth of water went straight down the drain during that time, and it was wasted. I would say that the school should take the cost of 1-1/2 poolsworth out of Ms. Charles' pay at the rate of $5 a week. I would, but that would guarantee her more job security than she deserves after pulling a stunt like that. I hope this did not take place in California.