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# Faster way to solve this rates problem?

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

A. 2.5

B. 2.4

C. 2.3

D. 2.2

E. 2.1

The way I tried to solve this problem was by setting (90)/(v-3) = (90)/(v+3) + 0.5. Then, I can solve for v but that would take a long time. I could also use the answer choices to solve for v, and then test it using the equation but that seems to take just as long. Is there a better way?
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25 Aug 2011, 05:27
Liquidus wrote:
A boat traveled upstream a distance of 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour. It then traveled the same distance downstream at a average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. If the trip upstream took half an hour longer than the trip downstream, how many hours did it take to make the trip downstream?

A. 2.5

B. 2.4

C. 2.3

D. 2.2

E. 2.1

The way I tried to solve this problem was by setting (90)/(v-3) = (90)/(v+3) + 0.5. Then, I can solve for v but that would take a long time. I could also use the answer choices to solve for v, and then test it using the equation but that seems to take just as long. Is there a better way?

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