# Owen and the Books

Pro Problems > Math > Algebra > Equations > Word Problems > Linear > Rate and Time## Owen and the Books

Owen can read a 100 page book, which had 500 words per page. It took him 2 hours less time than it takes him to read a 150 page book with 600 words per page. How long would it take him to read a 400 page book which had 400 words per page?

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