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    Word Problems

    Bah its always these I get stuck on.

    1. A man walks 18km he goes .5km/h faster than planed and reaches destination 30mins early. What was his planned speed.


    2. Chess tournament as 45 games everyone plays together once. How many players attend.

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    For number one I used these equations but couldnt come out with anything
    18=xt
    18=(x+0.5)(t-0.5)


    And for number two I got 10 people which is right answer but I did with arithmetic and my teacher wants algebra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AHDDM View Post
    2. Chess tournament as 45 games everyone plays together once. How many players attend.

    And for number two I got 10 people which is right answer but I did with arithmetic and my teacher wants algebra.
    Use combinations.
    _n C_2  = {n \choose 2} = \frac{{n(n - 1)}}{{2 \cdot 1}} = 45

    Solve for n.
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    Hello, AHDDM!

    You had a good start on #1 . . .


    1. A man walks 18 km.
    If he goes 0.5 km/h faster than planned, he reaches his destination 30 mins early.
    What was his planned speed.
    This is the way I baby-talk my way through these problems . . .

    We know: . \text{Distance} \:=\:\text{Speed} \times \text{Time} \quad\Rightarrow\quad T \:=\:\frac{D}{S}


    Let x = his planned (original) speed ... in km/hr.

    Walking 18 km at x km/hr, it takes him: . \frac{18}{x} hours.

    If he walks at x + 0.5 km/hr, it takes him: . \frac{18}{x+0.5} hours.

    . . And this faster time is 30 minutes less than his planned speed: . 0.5 \text{ hour.}

    There is our equation! . . . . . \frac{18}{x+0.5} \;=\;\frac{18}{x} - 0.5


    Multiply through by x(x+0.5)

    . . 18x \:=\:18(x+0.5) - 0.5x(x + 0.5) \quad\Rightarrow\quad 0.5x^2 + 0.25x - 9 \:=\:0

    Multiply by 4: . 2x^2 + x - 36 \:=\:0

    . . which factors: . (x - 4)(2x + 9) \:=\:0

    . . and has the positive root: . x \:=\:4


    Therefore, his planned speed was 4\text{ km/hr.}

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