After first 15 minutes, the distance between the children is 1 mile.
After that the distance is , where is time in hours.
Then the total distance is .
Thus the children will be unable to communicate after 1:21.
I'm having some trouble setting up an equation for this problem. Any suggestions?
Two children own two-way radios that have a maximum range of 2 miles. One leaves a certain point at 1 p.m. walking due north at a rate of 4 mi/hr. the other leaves the same point at 1:15 p.m., travleing due south 6 mi/hr. When will they be unable to communicate with one another?
1. @ 1pm, the kid starts walking towards north at 4 miles/hr
2. @ 1:15pm, the distance between the kids is 1 mile (4 miles/hr => 1 mile/15 minutes)
3. @ 1:15pm, the other kid starts walking towards south @ 6 miles/hr
4. From the above instant, since the kids are going in opposite directions, the distance between them increases at the rate of (4 + 6) miles/hr => 10 miles/hr
5. For them to go out of range, they need to go 1 more mile apart
6. To cover 1 more mile @ 10 miles/hr, it takes 1/10th of an hour, which is 1/10 * 60 mins = 6 mins
7. Time when they go out of range = 1:15pm + 6 mins = 1:21pm
Hope this helps