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A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled the same distance downstream at an average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. If the trip upstream took a half hour longer than the trip downstream, then how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream?

A. 2.5
B. 2.4
C. 2.3
D. 2.2
E. 2.1
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Re: Difficult PS Problem- Help! [#permalink]  09 Sep 2010, 16:54
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A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled the same distance downstream at an average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. If the trip upstream took a half hour longer than the trip downstream, then how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream?

-2.5
-2.4
-2.3
-2.2
-2.1

Trip upstream took \frac{90}{v-3} hours and trip downstream took \frac{90}{v+3} hours. Also given that the difference in times was \frac{1}{2} hours --> \frac{90}{v-3}-\frac{90}{v+3}=\frac{1}{2};

\frac{90}{v-3}-\frac{90}{v+3}=\frac{1}{2} --> \frac{90(v+3)-90(v-3)}{v^2-9}=\frac{1}{2} --> \frac{90*6}{v^2-9}=\frac{1}{2} --> v^2=90*6*2+9 --> v^2=9*(10*6*2+1) --> v^2=9*121 --> v=3*11=33;

Trip downstream took \frac{90}{v+3}=\frac{90}{33+3}=2.5 hours.

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Re: Boat Traveling [#permalink]  22 Nov 2010, 05:57
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Hi I struggled with this one, I am wondering
Is there any good shortcut in how to take the root of 1089 ? how do you do that without spending too much time on it ?

many thanks

Let me take your question first:

It is a good idea to remember squares of numbers till 20. They come in handy sometimes.
To find the square root of bigger numbers (which are perfect squares), observe the following:
1. A square of a number only ends in 0/1/4/5/6/9.
-If it ends in 0, it will have even number of 0s at the end and the square root will end in 0 (I know 1340 cannot be a perfect square.)
-If it ends in 1, the square root will end in 1/9 (e.g. root 361 = 1[highlight]9[/highlight], root 441 = 2[highlight]1[/highlight])
-If it ends in 4, the square root will end in 2/8
-If it ends in 5, there will be a 2 right before it and its square root will end in 5 (e.g. root 625 = 25, root 675 is not an integer)
-If it ends in 6, the square root will end in 4/6.
-If it ends in 9, the square root will end in 3/7.
These are all derived by just observing the last digits when we square a number.. You don't need to learn this.

Since 1089 ends in a 9, its square root will end in 3/7.
Also 30^2 = 900 so root of 1089 will be greater than 30.
But 40^2 = 1600 so root of 1089 will be much less than 40. The number that can be the square root of 1089 is 33 (if 1089 is a perfect square). You can square 33 to check.

Also, an equation like \frac{90}{{v -3}} - \frac{90}{{v + 3}} = \frac{1}{2}, doesnt need to be solved.

99% chance is that v will be an integer.
The options give me values for \frac{90}{{v + 3}}

Let me say if it is 2.5, then 90/2.5 = 36 and v = 33
Then \frac{90}{{v - 3}} = 3. I get the difference of 1/2 an hour. 2.5 satisfies my condition.

Had 2.5 not been the first option, you might say that it would take me a long time to check each option.
No. 90/2.4 = 900/24 which is not an integer since 900 is not divisible by 8 so it will not be divisible by 24
90/2.3. No ways 900 is divisible by 23
90/2.2. No ways 900 is divisible by 11
90/2.1. No ways 900 is divisible by 7
In fact, when I look at the options, the first one I try is 2.5. With practice, you will gain the instinct.
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A)2.5 B)2.4 C)2.3 D)2.2 E)2.1 Upstream time = downstream time + 0.5 90/(v-3) = 90/(v+3) + 1/2 90 (1/(v-3) - 1/(v+3))= 1/2 90 (6/(v^2-9)) = 1/2 v^2 = 1089 V = 33 Downstream time = 90/36 = 2.5 Answer is (a) _________________ Math write-ups 1) Algebra-101 2) Sequences 3) Set combinatorics 4) 3-D geometry My GMAT story Moderator Joined: 02 Jul 2012 Posts: 1208 Location: India Concentration: Strategy GMAT 1: 740 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.8 WE: Engineering (Energy and Utilities) Followers: 52 Kudos [?]: 560 [1] , given: 111 Re: A boat traveled upstream a distance of 90miles at an average [#permalink] 19 Nov 2012, 00:10 1 This post received KUDOS Amateur wrote: A boat traveled upstream a distance of 90miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled down stream at an average of (v+3) miles per hour. If upstream look 30 min more than downstream time, how much time did the boat travel downstream? a) 2.5 b) 2.4 c) 2.3 d) 2.2 e) 2.1 how to solve these kind of questions in 2 min? any short way... \frac{90}{(v-3)}=\frac{90}{(v+3)} +1/2 solving for v, value of \frac{90}{(v+3)} is tedious... and answer choices are in too close range to make an estimation.... how should I be tackling these? The equation itself is simple enough.. \frac{90}{v-3}- \frac{90}{v+3} = \frac{1}{2} \frac{540}{v^2-9} = \frac{1}{2} v^2 - 9 = 1080 v^2 = 1089 = 3^2 * 11^2 v = 3*11 = 33 Answer = 90/36 = 2.5 Kudos Please... If my post helped. _________________ Did you find this post helpful?... Please let me know through the Kudos button. 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If the upstream trip took half an hour longer than the downstream trip, how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream? A)2.5 B)2.4 C)2.3 D)2.2 E)2.1 Given 90/(v-3) = 90/(v+3) + (1/2) 90[(1/(v-3)) - (1/(v+3))] = 1/2 90[6/(v^2 - 9)] = 1/2 90*6*2 = v^2 - 9 => v^2 = 1089 => v = 33. Downstream time -- 90/(v+3) => 90/36 => 2.5 (A). _________________ Support GMAT Club by putting a GMAT Club badge on your blog Intern Joined: 05 Oct 2010 Posts: 49 GMAT 1: Q V GMAT 2: Q V Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 1 Word problem need help solving [#permalink] 21 Nov 2010, 06:17 Hi I just took one gmat practice test and the pity about those test is that they don´t have explanations. The problem i am struggling with in mathematical sense is something like this: A boat that traveled 90 miles upstream a river at the rate average speed Y-3, on the way back he traveled the same distance (90 miles) at a average speed of Y+3, if the trip upstream took half an hour longer than the trip down stream. How long took the drip downstream ? right answer is 2,5 please help me this is so annoying thanks, I shall give my teacher kudos if I find out how to do that Manager Joined: 01 Nov 2010 Posts: 183 Location: Zürich, Switzerland Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 20 Re: Difficult PS Problem- Help! [#permalink] 21 Nov 2010, 13:02 solve the below equation to reach upon speed of boat- 90/(v+3) - 90/(v-3) = 1/2 V=33 therefore time required while travelling downstream- 90/(33+3) = 90/36 = 2.5 Answer:- A Intern Joined: 05 Oct 2010 Posts: 49 GMAT 1: Q V GMAT 2: Q V Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 1 Re: Boat Traveling [#permalink] 22 Nov 2010, 01:19 shrouded1 wrote: Michmax3 wrote: v^2 = 1089 V = 33 Downstream time = 90/36 = 2.5 Answer is (a) Hi I struggled with this one, I am wondering Is there any good shortcut in how to take the root of 1089 ? how do you do that without spending too much time on it ? many thanks Director Status: GMAT Learner Joined: 14 Jul 2010 Posts: 655 Followers: 29 Kudos [?]: 158 [0], given: 32 Re: Difficult PS Problem- Help! [#permalink] 25 Mar 2011, 10:22 problem is time consuming rather difficult for memorizing square root. _________________ I am student of everyone-baten Collections:- PSof OG solved by GC members: http://gmatclub.com/forum/collection-ps-with-solution-from-gmatclub-110005.html DS of OG solved by GC members: http://gmatclub.com/forum/collection-ds-with-solution-from-gmatclub-110004.html 100 GMAT PREP Quantitative collection http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-problem-collections-114358.html Collections of work/rate problems with solutions http://gmatclub.com/forum/collections-of-work-rate-problem-with-solutions-118919.html Mixture problems in a file with best solutions: http://gmatclub.com/forum/mixture-problems-with-best-and-easy-solutions-all-together-124644.html SVP Joined: 16 Nov 2010 Posts: 1698 Location: United States (IN) Concentration: Strategy, Technology Followers: 29 Kudos [?]: 263 [0], given: 36 Re: Difficult PS Problem- Help! [#permalink] 27 Mar 2011, 00:18 90/(v-3) = 90/(v+3) + 1/2 => 90( V + 3 - v + 3)/(v-3)(v+3) = 1/2 => 90 * 6 * 2 = v^2 - 9 => v^2 = 1080 + 9 => v^2 = 9 (120 + 1) => v^2 = 3^2 * 11^2 => v = 3*11 = 33 So Downstream time = 90/36 = 30/12 = 2.5 hrs Answer - A _________________ Formula of Life -> Achievement/Potential = k * Happiness (where k is a constant) Director Joined: 01 Feb 2011 Posts: 773 Followers: 12 Kudos [?]: 76 [0], given: 42 Re: Difficult PS Problem- Help! [#permalink] 25 Aug 2011, 16:19 upstream v-3 t+1/2 downstream v+3 t (v+3)t = (v-3)(t+1/2) vt + 3t = vt +v/2 - 3t - 3/2 => t = (v-3)/12 = 90/v+3 => v = 33 => t = 30/12 = 2.5 hours Answer is A. 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Intern Joined: 27 Dec 2012 Posts: 11 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 10 Re: Boat Traveling [#permalink] 14 Mar 2013, 01:11 VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: hafgola wrote: Hi I struggled with this one, I am wondering Is there any good shortcut in how to take the root of 1089 ? how do you do that without spending too much time on it ? many thanks Let me take your question first: It is a good idea to remember squares of numbers till 20. They come in handy sometimes. To find the square root of bigger numbers (which are perfect squares), observe the following: 1. A square of a number only ends in 0/1/4/5/6/9. -If it ends in 0, it will have even number of 0s at the end and the square root will end in 0 (I know 1340 cannot be a perfect square.) -If it ends in 1, the square root will end in 1/9 (e.g. root 361 = 19, root 441 = 21) -If it ends in 4, the square root will end in 2/8 -If it ends in 5, there will be a 2 right before it and its square root will end in 5 (e.g. root 625 = 25, root 675 is not an integer) -If it ends in 6, the square root will end in 4/6. -If it ends in 9, the square root will end in 3/7. These are all derived by just observing the last digits when we square a number.. You don't need to learn this. Since 1089 ends in a 9, its square root will end in 3/7. Also 30^2 = 900 so root of 1089 will be greater than 30. But 40^2 = 1600 so root of 1089 will be much less than 40. The number that can be the square root of 1089 is 33 (if 1089 is a perfect square). You can square 33 to check. Also, an equation like \frac{90}{{v -3}} - \frac{90}{{v + 3}} = \frac{1}{2}, doesnt need to be solved. 99% chance is that v will be an integer. The options give me values for \frac{90}{{v + 3}} Let me say if it is 2.5, then 90/2.5 = 36 and v = 33 Then \frac{90}{{v - 3}} = 3. I get the difference of 1/2 an hour. 2.5 satisfies my condition. Had 2.5 not been the first option, you might say that it would take me a long time to check each option. No. 90/2.4 = 900/24 which is not an integer since 900 is not divisible by 8 so it will not be divisible by 24 90/2.3. No ways 900 is divisible by 23 90/2.2. No ways 900 is divisible by 11 90/2.1. No ways 900 is divisible by 7 In fact, when I look at the options, the first one I try is 2.5. With practice, you will gain the instinct. Hi karishma, I have been able to solve most of the questions from work, speeed distane & mixtures. However i always solve them using the algebraic approach which eats up a lot of time. I have seen you solving questions by a logical approach that saves a considerable bit of time. I have tried solving that way but I just cant get going. Could you please advice me on how to develop this skill?? Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Oct 2010 Posts: 4169 Location: Pune, India Followers: 894 Kudos [?]: 3777 [0], given: 148 Re: Boat Traveling [#permalink] 14 Mar 2013, 19:36 Expert's post sauravleo123 wrote: Hi karishma, I have been able to solve most of the questions from work, speeed distane & mixtures. However i always solve them using the algebraic approach which eats up a lot of time. I have seen you solving questions by a logical approach that saves a considerable bit of time. I have tried solving that way but I just cant get going. Could you please advice me on how to develop this skill?? It needs practice. You need to believe that you can solve the question very quickly for you to be able to think up of logical approaches. 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Re: A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of [#permalink]  08 May 2013, 03:27
I would prefer substituting answers rather than solving the equation to save time. In actual test, i was way past time, took more than 3 mins to solve the Q. Later offline, i used substitution after arriving at the initial set of below equations for Time. It was so easy and less troublesome.

UPSTREAM:
V-3 = 90 / (T + 1/2)

DOWNSTREAM
V+3 = 90 / T
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Re: A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of [#permalink]  20 Mar 2014, 12:19
2.5 hrs..A set of best possible option spares u the horror of solving the equations..

90 miles is the distance traveled downstream..2.5 is the only only option that divides 90..I am pretty sure the speeds are never (25.12+3) & (25.12-3)..So we can safely assume an integer..2.5 & 3 are the set of speeds that aptly fit in.

took me just 10 secs..
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