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Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
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Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at 80 mph and covered the balance distance at 40 mph. What is the average speed of his travel?

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SOURH7WK wrote:

Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at 80 mph and covered the balance distance at 40 mph. What is the average speed of his travel?

A) 45 B) 38 C) 50 D) 52 E) 55

Source: 4gmat

Say total distance is 100 miles (first part 40 miles and second part 60 miles), then average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}=\frac{100}{\frac{40}{80}+\frac{60}{40}}=50.

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SOURH7WK wrote:

Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at 80 mph and covered the balance distance at 40 mph. What is the average speed of his travel?

A) 45 B) 38 C) 50 D) 52 E) 55

Source: 4gmat

Average speed can be computed as (total distance)/(total time). In our case, if we denote by D the distance, then the average speed is given by:

S_a=\frac{D}{\frac{0.4D}{80}+\frac{0.6D}{40}}=...=50 The distance cancels out in the above computations.

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Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
08 Aug 2012, 06:09

Bunuel wrote:

Say total distance is 100 miles (first part 40 miles and second part 60 miles), then average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}=\frac{100}{\frac{40}{80}+\frac{60}{40}}=50.

Answer; C.

Can we put it into any kind of formula to solve this kind of problem Quickly??? _________________

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
08 Aug 2012, 06:31

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SOURH7WK wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Say total distance is 100 miles (first part 40 miles and second part 60 miles), then average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}=\frac{100}{\frac{40}{80}+\frac{60}{40}}=50.

Answer; C.

Can we put it into any kind of formula to solve this kind of problem Quickly???

Well, formula can be derived, though I don't think that memorizing such kind of formulas is more time efficient than understating the logic behind it.

If the total distance is d=m+n kilometers, and m kilometers is covered at r_1 kilometers per hour while n kilometers is covered at r_2 kilometers per hour, then average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}=\frac{m+n}{\frac{m}{r_1}+\frac{n}{r_2}}. _________________

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
20 Jan 2013, 20:03

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Apex231 wrote:

Why doesn't weighted average formula work in this case?

(80 * 0.4) + (40 * 0.6) = 32 + 24 = 56

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let average speed be s.

(80-s)/(s-40) = 3/2 s = 56

Because in the weighted average formula, when you are trying to find the average speed, the weights will be the time taken, not the distance traveled. Here 0.4 and 0.6 is the distance traveled. You have to be careful when you are choosing the weights.

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
20 Jan 2013, 23:07

I am still not sure of how to correctly identify whether time or distance be considered as value/weight in weighted avg formula. Is there a generic rule to identify this?

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
21 Jan 2013, 03:20

Bunuel wrote:

SOURH7WK wrote:

Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at 80 mph and covered the balance distance at 40 mph. What is the average speed of his travel?

A) 45 B) 38 C) 50 D) 52 E) 55

Source: 4gmat

Say total distance is 100 miles (first part 40 miles and second part 60 miles), then average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}=\frac{100}{\frac{40}{80}+\frac{60}{40}}=50.

Answer; C.

@Bunuel,is it true that we always solve average speed problems by plugin method? :O

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
21 Jan 2013, 03:34

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chiccufrazer1 wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

SOURH7WK wrote:

Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at 80 mph and covered the balance distance at 40 mph. What is the average speed of his travel?

A) 45 B) 38 C) 50 D) 52 E) 55

Source: 4gmat

Say total distance is 100 miles (first part 40 miles and second part 60 miles), then average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}=\frac{100}{\frac{40}{80}+\frac{60}{40}}=50.

Answer; C.

@Bunuel,is it true that we always solve average speed problems by plugin method? :O

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No, definitely not ALWAYS. But when fractions and/or percentages are involved to define distance for example, then we can assign some number to it and proceed this way. _________________

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
22 Jan 2013, 21:19

Apex231 wrote:

I am still not sure of how to correctly identify whether time or distance be considered as value/weight in weighted avg formula. Is there a generic rule to identify this?

Can someone explain why time and not distance is considered in weighted avg formula for speed?; just trying to understand concepts.

Re: Bill travels first 40% of the distance to his destination at [#permalink]
22 Jan 2013, 21:28

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Apex231 wrote:

Apex231 wrote:

I am still not sure of how to correctly identify whether time or distance be considered as value/weight in weighted avg formula. Is there a generic rule to identify this?

Can someone explain why time and not distance is considered in weighted avg formula for speed?; just trying to understand concepts.

Speed is measured in miles/hr. The weights will be in 'hr'