Relative Rates Work Word Problems
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Answer the following work problem. Report your answers to the nearest tenth of a year.

When Maria and Alberta work together to complete a job it takes them 13 years. However, when Alberta works alone, it takes 2 years longer than when Maria works alone.

How long would it take Maria and Alberta to do the job if each of them works alone?

Maria's solo rate is years.
Alberta's solo rate is years.