# Q4.    The sum of the reciprocals of Rehman’s ages, (in years) 3 years ago and 5 years from now is $\frac{1}{3}$ . Find his present age.

D Divya Prakash Singh

Let the present age of Rehman be $'x'$ years.

Then, 3 years ago, his age was $(x-3)$ years.

and 5 years later, his age will be $(x+5)$ years.

Then according to the question we have,

$\frac{1}{(x-3)}+\frac{1}{(x+5)} = \frac{1}{3}$

SImplifying it to get the quadratic equation:

$\Rightarrow \frac{x+5+x-3}{(x-3)(x+5)} = \frac{1}{3}$

$\Rightarrow \frac{2x+2}{(x-3)(x+5)} = \frac{1}{3}$

$\Rightarrow 3(2x+2)= (x-3)(x+5)$

$\Rightarrow 6x+6 = x^2+2x-15$

$\Rightarrow x^2-4x-21 = 0$

$\Rightarrow x^2-7x+3x-21 = 0$

$\Rightarrow x(x-7)+3(x-7) = 0$

$\Rightarrow (x-7)(x+3) = 0$

Hence the roots are: $\Rightarrow x = 7,\ -3$

However, age cannot be negative

Therefore, Rehman is 7 years old in present.

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