anilnandyala wrote:

A hiker walking at a constant rate of 4 miles per hour is passed by a cyclist travelling in the same direction along the same path at a constant rate of 20 miles per hour. the cyclist stops & waits for the hiker 5 min after passing her while the hiker continues to walk at her constant rate. how many minutes must the cyclist wait until the hiker catches up

A. 6 2/3

B. 15

C. 20

D. 25

E. 26 2/3

The cyclist is traveling at a pace of 1 mile every 3 minutes. The hiker is traveling at a pace of 1 mile every 15 minutes.

The cyclist passes the hiker, and then 5 minutes later stops, so they are \(\frac{5}{3}\) of a mile from the point they passed the hiker. The hiker is \(\frac{1}{3}\)of a mile past the spot where they were passed. \(\frac{5}{3}\) - \(\frac{1}{3}\) = \(\frac{4}{3}\)of a mile, this is how far ahead the cyclist is from the hiker while they wait. since the hiker takes 15 minutes per mile, it will take \(\frac{4}{3}\)*15=\(\frac{60}{3}\)=20 minutes to catch up to the cyclist.