Well, the total distance traveled of both will be 343 miles. And the times of the travel should be the same. So we have
48t + 50t = 343
Hi folks, for the life of me, I cannot make an equation out of this problem.
One car leaves Chicago headed for Cleveland, a distance of 343 miles. At the same time, a second car leaves Cleveland headed toward Chicago. If the first car averages 50 mph and the second car averages 48 mph, how long will it take the cars to meet?
How do I set this up as an equation?
Thank you! But it looks to easy and sounds to good to be true. I came up with that equation. But what was throwing me off was the "how long will it take the cars to meet" question at the end. I thought I had to change this into mins or hours to quantify how long it would take them. When I solve this equation it gives me 3.5, so does that mean it will take 3.5 hrs for them to meet?
thanks!
Look back at post #2 by drain.
Both cars will travel 343 miles. The question asks when will they meet.
So far we have CarA + CarB = 343 miles Next we have CarA is traveling at 50 miles per hour and CarB is traveling at 48 miles per hour
We also know that Rate x Time = Distance
In our case (Rate x Time CarA) + (Rate x Time CarB) = Distance
we just fill in the numbers
50t + 48t = 343 and solve for t
Hope this helps, I find math pretty confusing too!