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Math Help - D=RT going to Disneyland

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    Exclamation D=RT going to Disneyland

    Ok I know distance equals rate x time but for some reason I cannot get this question set up correctly.

    "A family drove to Disneyland at 50mph and returned the same route at 40mph. What is the distance to Disneyland if the total driving time was 7.2 hours."

    I know the answer is right in front of my face but it is not clear to me. The answer to this question is great but I must know how to set up an equation with the inputed information. HELP PLEASE!!
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    If S is the distance to Disneyland, the time to reach the disneyland

    t1 = S/V1. And time to return is t2 = S/V2.

    Total time is given. V1 and V2 is given. Now solve for S.
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    To make this easier, we would use 3 equations:

    t_1 = s / V_1

    t_2 = s / V_2

    t_{\text{total}} = t_1 + t_2
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