October 4, 2015

Homework Help: math

Posted by joe on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 9:55pm.

it takes a plane 40 min longer to fly from boston to los angeles at 525 mi/h than it does to return at 600 mi/h. how far apart are the cities?

distance = rate*time
B to LA = 525mi/hr*t
La to B = 600mi/hr*t

The distance is the same no matter which way we go, but we must ADD 40 minutes to the time for B to LA because the plane is flying slower. So 40 minutes is 40/60 hours and we add that to t. Therefore, B to LA = 525*(t+.6667)
Now set distance = distance.
525*(t+0.66667)= 600*t
Solve for t which gives the time to fly from LA to B. Then time x 600 mi/hr = distance traveled. Post your work if you get stuck.


actually i dont think that is right sorry.

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