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    Distance Problem *HELP*

    hello everybody wondering if anybody can help me out with this one

    - Mary drove from Amity to Belleville at a speed of 50mph. On the way back she drove 60mph. the total trip took 4 2/3 hours of driving time. what is the distance between the 2 cities?
    D = RxT

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    Her total distance travelled is 2.D

    Her average speed is (50+60)/2 = 55 mph

    The total time is 4 2/3 hours or 4.67 hours

    Therefore using the general formula distance=velocity x time,

    2.D = 55 x 4.67

    D = (55 x 4.67)/2

    D = 128.43 miles
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    Hello, Afterme!

    Mary drove from Amity to Belleville at a speed of 50mph.
    On the way back she drove 60mph.
    The total trip took 4 2/3 hours of driving time.
    What is the distance between the 2 cities?

    D \:= \:R \times T\quad\Rightarrow\quad T \:=\:\frac{D}{R}

    Going from A to B, Mary drove D miles at 50 mph.
    .Her time was: . \frac{D}{50} hours.

    Going from B to A, Mary drove D miles at 60 mph.
    . . Her time was: . \frac{D}{60} hours.

    Here total time was: 4\frac{2}{3}\,=\,\frac{14}{3} hours.

    There is our equation! . . . \frac{D}{50} + \frac{D}{60} \;=\;\frac{14}{3}


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    I really appreciate it this guys. Thanks
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    For some reason, you get a slightly different answer between my way and Soroban's way. I think Soroban's way is correct - does that mean there is a flaw in my logic?


    Just re-did this problem using different numbers with a known distance, and I can confirm that my logic is incorrect. Use Soroban's solution technique.
    Last edited by careri; February 12th 2008 at 05:57 PM.
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