Posted by **Lorie** on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:34pm.

It takes Mike 8 minutes to walk to the store from his house. The return trip takes 13 minutes because he walks 1mph slower due to the bags he is carrying. How fast did Mike walk on his way to the store? Carry out one decimal place.

Thanks in advance!

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**Reiny**, Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:45pm
rate going to store --- x mph

rate coming back ----- x-1 mph

(8/60)x = (13/60)(x-1)

times 60

8x = 13(x-1)

8x - 13x = -13

-5x = -13

x = 2.6

So he walked to the store at 2.6 mph

check:

(8/60)(2.6) = .34666...

(13/60)(1.6) = .34666... , ---> same distance

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**Steve**, Friday, April 5, 2013 at 2:47pm
distance = speed*time, and the two distances are the same, so

8s = 13(s-1)

s = 13/5 = 2.6 mph

Note that we can mix minutes and mph, because the same factor would be applied to both sides if we converted everything to minutes or hours. As long as the units on both sides match, we are ok.

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