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A train of length L is traveling at a constant velocity and passes a pole in t seconds. If the same train travelling at the same velocity passes a platform in 3t seconds then what is the length of the platform:

A) 0.5 L
B) L
C) 1.5 L
D) 2 L
E) 3 L
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A train of length L is traveling at a constant velocity and passes a pole in t seconds. If the same train travelling at the same velocity passes a platform in 3t seconds then what is the length of the platform:
A) 0.5 L
B) L
C) 1.5 L
D) 2 L
E) 3 L

Sol:
Length of train=Distance=L
time to cross the pole=time=t
so speed=L/t

new time=3t. so distance travelled= 3t*L/t = 3L

the distance is equal to train length L+platform length = 3L
so platform is 2L. ans is D.
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03 Jul 2010, 11:08
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A train of length L is traveling at a constant velocity and passes a pole in t seconds. If the same train travelling at the same velocity passes a platform in 3t seconds then what is the length of the platform:
A) 0.5 L
B) L
C) 1.5 L
D) 2 L
E) 3 L

Sol:
Length of train=Distance=L
time to cross the pole=time=t
so speed=L/t

new time=3t. so distance travelled= 3t*L/t = 3L

the distance is equal to train length L+platform length = 3L
so platform is 2L. ans is D.

Ahh - very sneaky question! It's easy to forget that the entire train has to pass by the platform, so it travels the extra L distance.

Nicely done!
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A train of length L is traveling at a constant velocity and passes a pole in t seconds. If the same train travelling at the same velocity passes a platform in 3t seconds then what is the length of the platform:
A) 0.5 L
B) L
C) 1.5 L
D) 2 L
E) 3 L

Speed = L/t = (L+P)/3t. So P = 2L
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01 Nov 2014, 07:40
The distance the train is traveling isn't just L, it's L plus the length of the pole. This question assumes that the length of the pole zero.
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Length of pole is assumed 0. From case 1 we get the speed of the train =L/t
In case 2 we need distance =speed x time =L/t x 3t=3L, but this 3L is the total distance inclusive of the length of the train which is L. so length of the platform =3L-L=2L.
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21 Dec 2014, 18:41
Hi All,

This question can be solved by TESTing VALUES.

We're told that a train has a length of L and passes a pole in T seconds.

Let's TEST:
L = 3 (feet)
T = 2 (seconds)

Since the pole is NOT given a length, we have to assume that that value is negligible (and does NOT factor into the calculations).

So, the entire length of the train passes the pole in 2 seconds. Thus, it's traveling 3 feet every 2 seconds.

Next, we're told that this train passes a platform in 3T seconds. This means that the train travels 3(2) = 6 seconds and travels 3(3) = 9 feet.

Those 9 feet are made up of the train (3 feet) and the platform (9 - 3 = 6 feet).

The question asks us for the length of the PLATFORM. Using these VALUES, we know that the PLATFORM = 6 when L = 3.

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