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A team of eight lumberjacks cut an average of 15,000 cubic feet of timber in a week. How many cubic feet will four lumberjacks cut in four weeks?
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Assuming linearity, you have half as many lumberjacks working for four times as long, meaning that you have twice as many man-hours, so the amount of timber they can cut is twice as much, or 30,000 cubic feet. But the assumption of linearity is questionable, as more people may get in each others’ way, or more people may be able to achieve division-of-labor efficiencies that fewer people cannot achieve. The classic example of non-linearity is that the fact that one woman can make a baby in 9 months does not mean that 9 women can make a baby in a month.

https://www.quora.com/A-team-of-eight-lumberjacks-cut-an-average-of-15-000-cubic-feet-of-timber-in-a-week-How-many-cubic-feet-will-four-lumberjacks-cut-in-four-weeks
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