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A boy travels on his bicycle at the rate of 6 miles per hour and his sister on hers
at the rate of 5 miles per hour. They start at the same time and place and travel over the same road in the same direction. After traveling for 3 hours, the boy turns back. How far from the starting point has his sister traveled when they meet?

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    First, draw a picture (it helps to visualize ^_^):

    S    a    M    b    T
    where S = start
    M = meeting point
    T = turn around point
    Let b = brother and a = sister

    The formula is Distance = Rate x Time

    First focus first on the brother:
    D = RT, where R = 6mph and T = 3
    D = 6 x 3 = 18 miles before turning back

    S        M        T
    ---------------------------18 miles --------------->b

    Now focus on the sister
    D = RT, where R = 5mph and T = 3
    D = 5 x 3 = 15 miles

    S              M  T
    -------------------15 miles------>a     b  
                 <---- 3 ---->
    The difference in their distance is now 3 miles apart.

    Now the question changes, the brother is heading towards his sister at 6mph and the sister is heading towards her brother at 5mph, with a distance of 3 miles between them

    For the brother
    (6)(t) = D1
    For the sister
    5(t) = D2

    Find t when D1 + D2 = 3
    (6)(t)+ (5)(t) = 3
    6t + 5t = 3
    11t = 3
    t = 3/11

    So the time the sister meets with her brother is:
    3 + 3/11 = 36/11 or 3.27 hours

    The distance when she meets her brother is:
    D = RT
    D = 5(36/11)
    D = 180/11
    D = 16.36, about 16.4 miles ---> choose answer (B)

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