## Speed/Distance/Time + Fuel Consumption

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### Speed/Distance/Time + Fuel Consumption

To begin, this isn't "homework" I'm preparing to take a test that will have this types of questions and I wanted to see if I could get any insight and strategies to be able to solve these as quickly and accurately as possible; even mentally if there are any methods (for more complicated types)

So, obviously we've got our formulas:

Distance = Speed * Time
Speed = Distance / Time
Time = Distance / Speed

Also breaking up "chunks of time" in an hour

2 of 30 mins
3 of 20 mins
4 of 15 mins
5 of 12 mins
10 of 6 mins
12 of 5 mins
15 of 4 mins
20 of 3 mins
30 of 2 mins

An example of an easy question to do mentally would be:

Speed of 24 mph, how far would you travel in 1 hour 15 minutes?
0.25 of 24 is 6. Therefore, 24+6 = 30 miles

I'm wondering if anyone knows the quickest most efficient way to solving questions such as:

What speed covers 18 miles in 54 minutes

And if there's a simple way to do it mentally?

This site has some sample tests including the fuel consumption questions too.
Speed Distance Time | OASC: RAF Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre

Here's a fuel consumption question that I'm wondering what the quickest method to solve would be:

You travel 111 miles. How much fuel will you need if you burn 36 kgs per hour, and are travelling at 148 mph?
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### Re: Speed/Distance/Time + Fuel Consumption

So, obviously we've got our formulas:

Distance = Speed / Time
No: distance equals rate ("speed") TIMES time (not divided by). You can learn more here.
I'm wondering if anyone knows the quickest most efficient way to solving questions such as:

What speed covers 18 miles in 54 minutes
Plug into the formula d = rt:

18 miles = r(54/60 hr) = r(9/10 hr)

18 = (9/10)r

Then solve:

(18)(10/9) = r

Simplify to get the answer in miles per hour.
And if there's a simple way to do it mentally?
Unless the numbers are really easy, probably not. Working by hand and with a calculator is the regular way.
You travel 111 miles. How much fuel will you need if you burn 36 kgs per hour, and are travelling at 148 mph?
Use d = rt to find the time t for d = 111 and r = 148. Then multiply the hours by the kgs-per-hour to get the kgs. If you need to learn how to keep track of the units, try here.

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### Re: Speed/Distance/Time + Fuel Consumption

My mistake with the Distance formula, typo.

Thank you for you post. That was my main concern is seeing if there was a strategy for doing the math mentally if it's more complex.