padmaranganathan wrote:

20. If a motorist had driven 1 hour longer on a certain day and at an average rate of 5 miles per hour faster, he would have covered 70 more miles than he actually did. How many more miles would he have covered than he actually did if he had driven 2 hours longer and at an average rate of 10 miles per hour faster on that day?

(A) 100 (B) 120 (C) 140

(D) 150 (E) 160

Let \(t\) be the actual time and \(r\) be the actual rate.

"If a motorist had driven 1 hour longer on a certain day and at an average rate of 5 miles per hour faster, he would have covered 70 more miles than he actually did" --> \((t+1)(r+5)-70=tr\) --> \(tr+5t+r+5-70=tr\) --> \(5t+r=65\);

"How many more miles would he have covered than he actually did if he had driven 2 hours longer and at an average rate of 10 miles per hour faster on that day?" --> \((t+2)(r+10)-x=tr\) --> \(tr+10t+2r+20-x=tr\) --> \(2(5t+r)+20=x\) --> as from above \(5t+r=65\), then \(2(5t+r)+20=2*65+20=150=x\) --> so \(x=150\).

Answer: D.

OR another way:

70 miles of surplus in distance is composed of driving

at 5 miles per hour faster for \(t\) hours plus driving for \(r+5\) miles per hour for additional 1 hour --> \(70=5t+(r+5)*1\) --> \(5t+r=65\);

With the same logic, surplus in distance generated by driving

at 10 miles per hour faster for 2 hours longer will be composed of driving

at 10 miles per hour faster for \(t\) hours plus driving for \(r+10\) miles per hour for additional 2 hour --> \(surplus=x=10t+(r+10)*2\) --> \(x=2(5t+r)+20\) --> as from above \(5t+r=65\), then \(x=2(5t+r)+20=150\).

Answer: D.

Note that the solutions proposed by dushver and dimitri92 are not correct (though correct answer was obtained). For this question we can not calculate neither \(t\) not \(r\) of the motorist.

Hope it helps.

Exactly, this is what I wanted to ask. Thanks again.

Their solution means that they were traveling at speed S for t hours and only in the last hour they traveled by S+5 speed, which is wrong.