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Hayden began walking from F to G, a distance of 40 miles, at the same time Ava began walking from G to F on the same road. If Haydens walking speed was x miles per hour and Avas was y miles per hour, how many miles away from F were they, in terms of x and y, when they met?

Hayden's speed = x miles/hr Ava speed = y miles/hr

Relative speed = (x+y) miles/hr as they are travelling in opposite direction (F to G and G to F)

Total time taken = \(\frac{40}{x+y}\) ---------------------------[D = Speed/Time]

So Hayden will take = \(\frac{40x}{x+y}\)-------------------------[I have guessed this and this is the right answer]. But not 100% why though? Can someone please help?

Total time(T) taken is the time for Hayden and Eva to meet. Now you know that Hayden must tavel for time T before they meet. Thus distance Hayden will cover is = Time T * Hayden Speed.
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Hayden began walking from F to G, a distance of 40 miles, at the same time Ava began walking from G to F on the same road. If Haydens walking speed was x miles per hour and Avas was y miles per hour, how many miles away from F were they, in terms of x and y, when they met? (A) \(\frac{40(x-y)}{x+y}\) (B) \(\frac{40(x-y)}{x+y}\) (C) \(\frac{(x-y)}{x+y}\) (D) \(\frac{40y}{x+y}\) (E) \(\frac{40x}{x+y}\)

Combined rate of Hayden and Ava is \(x+y\) miles per hour, hence they will meet in \(time=\frac{distance}{rate}=\frac{40}{x+y}\) hours. In \(\frac{40}{x+y}\) hours Hayden will cover \(distance=rate*time=x*\frac{40}{x+y}\) miles.

Thanks Bunuel. But why we are only calculating it for Hayden? That's where I am getting confused buddy.

Hayden began walking from F and we are asked how many miles away from F were Hayden and Ava when they met. In 40/(x+y) hours Hayden, at x miles per hour, will cover 40/(x+y)*x miles from F.
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07 Sep 2013, 20:54

1. Time taken for the two to meet which is also the time walked by Hayden = 40 /x+y hrs 2. Speed of Hayden = x miles/hr 3. Distance traveled by Hayden = 40x / (x+y)
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Hayden began walking from F to G, a distance of 40 miles, at the same time Ava began walking from G to F on the same road. If Haydens walking speed was x miles per hour and Avas was y miles per hour, how many miles away from F were they, in terms of x and y, when they met?

combined speed = x+y miles/hour

time in which it took them to meet = 40/x+y

So, we know that it takes them 40/x+y hours to meet up. The question states that Hayden traveled from F to G and Ava, from G to F. It asks us how far from F (Hayden's starting point) did they meet at. Therefore, to solve for distance (d=r*t) we solve by multiplying Hayden's rate (x) by the time it took them to meet (40/x+y) to get 40x/x+y

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22 Apr 2014, 06:10

Bunuel wrote:

enigma123 wrote:

Thanks Bunuel. But why we are only calculating it for Hayden? That's where I am getting confused buddy.

Hayden began walking from F and we are asked how many miles away from F were Hayden and Ava when they met. In 40/(x+y) hours Hayden, at x miles per hour, will cover 40/(x+y)*x miles from F.

Still much is left in explanation :

Ans you will get will be same if you multiply Ava rate with time when they meet :

As Distance travel by ava when they meet : y* 40/(x+y)

Now question has asked distance from F i.e. you have to subtract distance travel by ava from 40.

therefore - 40 - (40y/x+y) = on solving you will get 40x/x+y i.e E

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Hayden starts from Point F, Ava from Pt G and they meet at Pt M. Since the question is "how far from F do they meet", we are required to figure out FM i.e. the distance that Hayden covers [this should answer Enigma123's question]. Since they start walking towards each other at the same time and continue walking until they meet, they take the same amount of time to cover their respective distances [FM miles by Hayden and GM miles by Ava]. Therefore, the ratio of their speeds is equal to that of the distances they cover until they meet. T/4, FM:GM=x:y. Since [FM+GM]=40 miles, FM=40x/[x+y]. Ans:E.

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ashishahujasham Yes, we can. Let's assume x=20 mph and y=60 mph. Then, FM:GM=20:60=1:3. That is, FM (distance covered by Hayden) is 1/4th the total distance (40 miles). T/4, FM=10 miles. Now, lets plug in the assumed values of 'x' &'y' in FM=40x/(x+y): 40x20/(20+60)=800/80=10 miles. I am not sure from your question if that is what you needed explained. If so, glad to have been able to help.

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ashishahujasham Yes, we can. Let's assume x=20 mph and y=60 mph. Then, FM:GM=20:60=1:3. That is, FM (distance covered by Hayden) is 1/4th the total distance (40 miles). T/4, FM=10 miles. Now, lets plug in the assumed values of 'x' &'y' in FM=40x/(x+y): 40x20/(20+60)=800/80=10 miles. I am not sure from your question if that is what you needed explained. If so, glad to have been able to help.

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