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    Cant solve this mileage question! PLZ HELP

    This is a question from the College board's "Official SAT Study Guide"
    I can do most mileage/distance/time problems but I'm stuck on this on, can someone please explain it to me.

    Esther drove to work in the morning at an average speed of 45 miles per hour. She returned home in the evening along the same route and an average of 30 miles per hour. If Esther spent a total of one hour commuting to and from work, how many miles did Esther drive to work in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razehell View Post
    This is a question from the College board's "Official SAT Study Guide"
    I can do most mileage/distance/time problems but I'm stuck on this on, can someone please explain it to me.

    Esther drove to work in the morning at an average speed of 45 miles per hour. She returned home in the evening along the same route and an average of 30 miles per hour. If Esther spent a total of one hour commuting to and from work, how many miles did Esther drive to work in the morning.
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    Thanks for the quick reply Joan! I understand most of your approach but could you dumb it down for me? I'm not the best math student =)
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    rate,time.distance problem

    posted by razewell

    1. RXT=D
    2. outbound 45xT =D
    3. inbound 30x(1-T)=D
    4. 45T = 30x(1-T)
    5.T=2/5 hr
    6. 45x2/5 =18 miles
    I hope this helps you to better understand the solution


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