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Jerry and Jim run a race of 2000 m. First, Jerry gives Jim a start of 200m and beats him by 30 seconds. Next, Jerry gives Jim a start of 3mins and is beaten by 1000m. Find the time in minutes in which Jerry n Jim can run the race seperately?

A. 8,10
B. 4,5
C. 5,9
D. 6,9

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Re: Time, Speed, Distance Problem [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2009, 23:39
Speed of jerry = x, speed of jim = y
time jim needed to finish 2000= 2000/y
time jerry needed to finish 2000= 2000/x
if jerry gives jim 200 metres. That means when jerry begins race, jim is 200 metres forward him. i.e. jerry runs 2000, jim runs 1800 ;)
2000/x=1800/y-0,5 ...............(1) (30 seconds=0,5minutes)
if jerry gives 3 minutes, he is beaten by 1000 metres.
i.e. when jim finishes 2000 metres, jerry only runs 1000 metres but jim runs 3 minutes more.
we know from 1 that, jerry runs 2000 metres 0,5 minutes faster than jim runs 1800 metres. That is jerry runs 1000 metres 0,25 minutes faster than jim runs 900 metres.
Attention this is tricky point.
Before 0,25 minutes of beginning of jerry, jim passed 1100 metres line. so jim runs 1100 metres in 2,75 minutes. speed of jim=1100/2,75=400 metres per minute. jim runs 1800 metres in 4,5 minutes. Jerry runs 2000 metres 0,5 minutes faster that is 4 minutes. That makes jerry's speed 500 metres per minute.

Jim runs in 5 minutes, jerry runs in 4 minutes.

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Re: Time, Speed, Distance Problem [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 18:08
Hi, can someone explain this using the tabular column method?
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