Posted by Suchi on .
An executive flew in the corporate to a meeting in a city 1500 km away. After traveling the same amount of time on the return flight, the pilot mentioned that they still had 300 km to go. The airspeed of the plane was 600 km/h. How fast was the wind blowing (assuming that the wind direction was parallel to the flight path and constant all day.)?

Alg 2 hon 
Suchi,
Please show work...

Alg 2 hon 
MathMate,
Please show us your thinking and problems if you have any.

Alg 2 hon 
Suchi,
well i got this so far:
total d = 1500 km
total time to get to destination = t(subscript)1 which is also equal to time taken to travel 1200 km back home.
Then I used d=rt formula,
I tried 1500 = 600 (t(subscript)1)
t(subscript)1=2.5hrs
2.5hrs =1200 km on return flight
1200r (2.5)
r = 480km/h
1500 = 480 t(subscript)2.
that meant 600  480 would be 120 km/h but when i checked my answer, it said that the answer is 66 2/3 km/h... i am confused... PLZ HELP!!! 
Alg 2 hon 
MathMate,
66 2/3 is correct.
You would want to denote the unknown by a variable name, say v for velocity of wind.
The question stated that the time to travel 1500 km (with the wind) is the same as that required to travel 1200 km back (against the wind).
Can you express the previous paragraph in terms of the wind velocity, v, the air speed of 600 km/h and the distances 1500 and 1200?
If you can, solve it and you should get your required answer of 66 2/3. If not, post again. 
Alg 2 hon 
Suchi,
sry, I don't understand :[...

Alg 2 hon 
MathMate,
"The question stated that the time to travel 1500 km (with the wind) is the same as that required to travel 1200 km back (against the wind). "
Time to traval to destination
= Distance / velocity
= 1500 / (600 + v)
Time to return (part of the way)
= Dostance / velocity
= ...
Equate the two, since they are equal and solve for v.
Can you take it from here? 
Alg 2 hon 
Suchi,
Oh... hold opn, let me try it!!! if I don't get it, I'll try to post what I did! if i do, then thanx!!

Alg 2 hon 
Suchi,
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Alg 2 hon 
MathMate,
I am sure you can. If not, post anyway. If I don't reply tonight, it will be tomorrow.