Posted by **Shihara** on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 8:10am.

A LIGHTHOUSE IS 10 MILES NORTHEAST OF A DOCK. A SHIP LEAVES THE DOCK AT NOON,AND SAILS EAST AT A SPEED OF 12 MILES AN HOUR. AT WHAT TIME WILL IT BE 8 MILES FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE?

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**Steve**, Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 2:07pm
since the lighthouse is 10 mi NE of the dock, it is 7.07mi east and 7.07 mi north. (legs of a 45-45-90 triangle)

Now, if the ship is 8 mi from the lighthouse, we have a new x-7.07-8 triangle, so x = 3.74.

Now, the distance from the dock to the ship is 7.07 - 3.74 = 3.33 mi.

At 12 mi/hr, that would take 3.33/12 = .277777 hours, or 16'40"

So, at 12:16:40 the ship is 8 mi from the lighthouse

Note: the ship will also be 8 miles from the lighthouse after it has passed it and is east of the lighthouse. From the above data, you can figure the second time with no trouble.

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