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A car traveling uphill will take an hour less to cover the distance if it moved 4km/hr faster. On the other hand it will take 3 more hours to reach the destination if it moved 6km/hr slower. What is the distance that the car travels?

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A car traveling uphill will take an hour less to cover the distance if it moved 4km/hr faster. On the other hand it will take 3 more hours to reach the destination if it moved 6km/hr slower. What is the distance that the car travels?

A. 50 B. 80 C. 105 D. 75 E. 65

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ALGEBRAIC WAY:

Say it takes the car t hours to cover the distance at r kilometers per hour, so d=tr. We are told that:

tr=(t-1)(r+4) --> tr=tr+4t-r-4--> Take the tr on the left hand side to the right hand side, the sigh of the moving tr changes and it gets cancelled,whereas the left hand side is left with nothing but zero....Same way for the second part also.. _________________

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Hi bunuel, Is there a simpler way to solve this problem. I am stuck. There are 3 unknowns and only 2 equations can be formed. Unable to comprehend the above method. _________________

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rajathpanta wrote:

Hi bunuel, Is there a simpler way to solve this problem. I am stuck. There are 3 unknowns and only 2 equations can be formed. Unable to comprehend the above method.

So, we get two distinct linear equations with two unknowns (4t-r-4=0 and r-2t-6=0) --> we can solve for t and r. Now, since distance=tr, then we can get the distance too.

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17 Sep 2012, 05:55

My approach d/r - d/(r+4) = 1 ( i) (time lag) d/(r-6) + d/r = 3 (ii) (time lag) From (i) d = r(r+4)/4 (iii) From (ii) d = r(r-6)/2 (iv) (iii) = (iv) => r = 16 and r = 16 in (iii) => d = 80 Brother Karamazov

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Re: A car traveling uphill will take an hour less to cover the [#permalink]
10 Nov 2014, 20:22

Bunuel - in cases such as this when time and rate are unknown but distance is the same, are these always solvable? I'm thinking more along the lines of data sufficiency

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