Posted by **sam** on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:05pm.

A boat's crew rowed 12 miles downstream, with the current, in 1.5 hours. The return trip upstream, against the current covered the same distance, but took 4 hours. Find the crew's rowing rate in still water and the rate of the current...

The crew's rowing rate in still water is ??? mile(s) per hours.

The rate of the currents is ??? mile(s) per hour.

Please HELP, this question is hard, and I don't understand it.

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**Reiny**, Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 10:18pm
Let the rowing rate be x mph

let the current's rate by y mph

going with the current, will be a rate of x+y mph

going against the current would be x-y mph

so you get two equations, using Distance = rate x time

1.5(x+y) = 12

4(x-y) = 12

1st: divide by 1.5

---> x+y = 8

2nd: divide by 4

---> x-y = 3

add them

2x = 11

x = 5.5 mph

back in 1st, y = 2.5 mph

so the rowing speed is 5.5 mph,

the current's speed is 2.5 mph

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