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A boat can maintain a constant speed of 34 mph relative to the water. The boat makes a trip upstream to a certain point in 21 minutes; the return trip takes 13 minutes. What is the speed of the current?

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    Distance = rate * time

    Let x = speed of current

    rate upstream = 34 - x

    rate downstream = 34 + x

    21(34 - x) = 13(34 + x)

    Solve for x.

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