Posted by **Anonymous** on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:16pm.

The speed of a passenger train is 6 mph faster than the speed of a freight train. The passenger train travels 280 miles in the same time it takes the freight train to travel 250 miles. Find the speed of each train.

What is the speed of passenger train? ____mph

What is the speed of freight train? _______ Mph

10) A long distance trucker travels 88 miles in one direction during a snowstorm. The return trip in rainy weather was accomplished at double the speed and took 2 hours less time. Find the speed going

The speed going was ____ mph.

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**DrBob222**, Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:29pm
P = speed of passenger train.

F = speed of freight train.

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P+6 = F

distance = rate x time or rearrange to

time = d/r

For P train time = 280/P

For F frain time = 250/F

The times are equal so

280/P = 250/F but you know P = F + 6 so substitute F + 6 for P to obtain

280/(F+6) = 250/F

solve for F.

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**DrBob222**, Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:44pm
Speed forward direction = F

Speed return trip = R

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R = 2F

The time it takes for forward is

t = d/r = 88/F

The time for return is

t = d/r = 88/R or 88/2F

IF the times were equal (they aren't) then

88/F = 88/2F BUT it takes the return trip 2 hours less; therefore, we must add 2 hours to the return trip to make the times equal.

88/F = (88/2F) + 2

solve for F, the speed in the forward direction.

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