Posted by **Faith** on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 3:40pm.

Pete's Plymouth travels 200 miles at a certain speed. If the car had gone 10 mph faster, the trip would have taken 1 hour less. Find Pete's speed.

I am very confused about how to solve this problem! Please explain well. Thank you so much!!! :-)

- Algebra-- PLEASE help! -
**Reiny**, Friday, May 22, 2009 at 4:31pm
let his original speed be x mph

then his original time is 200/x hours

let his second speed be x+10 mph

then his second time is 200/(x+10) hours

so 200/x - 200/(x+10) = 1

multiply both sides by x(x+10)

200x + 2000 - 200x = x^2 + 10x

x^2 + 10x - 2000 = 0

(x-40)(x+50) = 0

x = 40 or x= -50 (negative speed makes no sense)

so Pete's speed is 40 mph.

check: at 40 mph, it would take him 200/40 = 5 hours

at 50 mph it would have taken him 200/50 = 4 hours.

OK then!

- Algebra-- PLEASE help! -
**drwls**, Friday, May 22, 2009 at 4:35pm
Lat V be the slower speed and T be the time it takes to go 200 miles at that speed. You can write these two equations:

T = 200/V

T = 200/(V + 10) + 1

Now get rid of the T and create and solve an equation for v alone.

200 [1/V - 1/(V+10) = 1

200(V + 10 - V) = V(V+10)

V^2 + 10V -2000 = 0

(V-40)(V+50) = 0

V = 40 since only positive roots are allowed.

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