# Word Problems/Proportions

Question
6 men can build a wall 96 feet long in 18 days when the day is 11 hours long; how many men must be employed to build 64 feet of wall in 2 days when the day is 12 hours long?

Which units from the above are inversely proportional and which units are directly proportional and why?

Here's how to work the problem:

Man-hours varies directly with the length of the wall.

Number of days varies inversely with number of men.
Number of days varies inversely with hours in a day.
By extension, number of days varies inversely with man-hours.

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