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word problem: 2nd boat leaves 1 min later, goes 1kph faster

Postby Taz on Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:06 am

Word Problem. I'm having trouble with this one.

Sailboat number one leaves the dock. Sailboat number two leaves 1 minute later. The captain of sailboat number two figures he can overtake sailboat number one by the time they reach the 4km buoy if he travels at 1km/h faster than sailboat number one. What are the speeds of the two sailboats when they reach the 4km buoy?
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Postby stapel_eliz on Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:21 am

Taz wrote:Sailboat number one leaves the dock. Sailboat number two leaves 1 minute later. The captain of sailboat number two figures he can overtake sailboat number one by the time they reach the 4km buoy if he travels at 1km/h faster than sailboat number one. What are the speeds of the two sailboats when they reach the 4km buoy?

Try using the standard set-up and solution method for "uniform rate" word problems:

. . .first boat:
. . . . .distance: 4
. . . . .rate: r
. . . . .time: 4/r

. . .second boat:
. . . . .distance: 4
. . . . .rate: r + 1
. . . . .time: 4/(r + 1)

Then translate "(second boat's time) is (first boat's time) less (1/60 of a hour)" into an equation.

Solve the rational equation for the value of "r". Back-solve for the other boat's rate of speed.

If you get stuck, please reply showing how far you have gotten. Thank you! :D
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