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How long does it take an automobile traveling 62.0 km/h to become even with a car that is traveling in another lane at 37.5 km/h if the cars' front bumpers are initially 138 m apart?

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    I'm not sure this would be correct. I'm also assuming they are both travelling in the same direction.
    Anyway since the distance is in metres it would be better to convert the speed of each car to m/s
    62kph = 17.2 m/s
    37.5kph = 10.3 m/s

    Subtract the 2 speeds to see how much faster the other one is moving.
    17.2 = 10.3 = 6.9

    Divide distance by 6.9 to find out how long it would take to get to 138 m.

    138/6.9 = 20 seconds.

    Now just to make sure I multiplied their speeds by the time to find their distance traveled during this interval.
    17.2 * 20 = 344m
    10.3 * 20 = 206m

    Now I subtracted to see if 138m was the difference.

    344 - 206 = 138

    Therefore in 20 seconds they will be side by side.

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