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    distance over time

    a student walks y kilometres at 3km/h

    i) write down an expression for the time, in hours that he takes.

    ii) he then walks a further y+3 kilometres at 4km/h. the total walking time is 4 hours and 50 minutes. write down the equation in y and solve it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonmann View Post
    a student walks y kilometres at 3km/h

    i) write down an expression for the time, in hours that he takes.

    ii) he then walks a further y+3 kilometres at 4km/h. the total walking time is 4 hours and 50 minutes. write down the equation in y and solve it.
    speed=\frac{distance}{time}

    Solve for time: \frac{y}{t}=3~\implies~t=\frac y3

    The next part of his walk:

    \frac{y+3}t=4~\implies~ t=\frac{y+3}4

    Both periods together are \frac{29}6\ h

    \frac y3 + \frac{y+3}4 = \frac{29}6

    Solve for y. I've got: \boxed{y = 7\  km}
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    distance = rate*time

    d=rt

    t=\frac{d}{r}

    t_1=\frac{y}{3}
    t_2=\frac{y+3}{4}

    t_1+t_2=\frac{y}{3}+\frac{y+3}{4}=\frac{29}{6}

    4y+3y+9=58

    7y=49

    y=7km


    Too fast for me Earboth!!
    Last edited by masters; May 28th 2008 at 06:51 AM.
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