# Thread: system of equations

1. ## system of equations

Hello,

Will anyone help me with this word problem?

Two drivers, starting at the same place, begin driving in opposite directions at the same time. One heads east at 65 kilometers an hour and the other heads west at 85 kilometers an hour. In how many minutes will they be 450 kilometers apart?

How do we set this system of equations up? Will the answer be 180 minutes (3 hours) ? On my test, I marked 180 minutes and it was wrong. Please help me. Thanks so much in advance.

2. Originally Posted by jenjen
Hello,

Will anyone help me with this word problem?

Two drivers, starting at the same place, begin driving in opposite directions at the same time. One heads east at 65 kilometers an hour and the other heads west at 85 kilometers an hour. In how many minutes will they be 450 kilometers apart?

How do we set this system of equations up? Will the answer be 3 minutes or 3 hours? On my test, I marked 3 hours and it was wrong. Please help me. Thanks so much in advance.
3 hrs = 180 minutes