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Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination? (1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip.

(1) As P averaged 70 miles per hour at the time when the two trains passed, hence when they passed each other P traveled 2*70=140 miles, so for P it was 110 miles left to cover and for Q 140. P was closer to its destination. Sufficient.

(2) Knowing average speed for entire trip won't help us to determine the distance either of train coverd at the time they passed each other (as the average speed at the time the met could have been different). Not sufficient.

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31 Dec 2013, 08:05

tenaman10 wrote:

Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination?

(1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip.

Clear A, from question stem, one gets the following

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05 May 2014, 23:28

HI bunnel

Please explain once the concept of average speed... as in when we need the average speed of entire trip and when we need average speed at the time of meeting _________________

Hope to clear it this time!! GMAT 1: 540 Preparing again

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nandinigaur wrote:

HI bunnel

Please explain once the concept of average speed... as in when we need the average speed of entire trip and when we need average speed at the time of meeting

Not sure I follow... Generally (average speed) = (total distance)/(total time) ...

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20 Jan 2015, 10:32

Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination?

(1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip

SOLUTION:

D = 250 miles P and Q travel 2 hrs each before they meet

From (1): P speed = 70 mph i.e. in 2 hrs it covers 140 miles Therefore, Q must have traveled = 110 miles ---- SUFFICIENT

From (2): Q speed for ENTIRE trip = 55 mph ---- Clearly INSUFFICIENT

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09 Apr 2016, 14:52

i think it should be E.

1) it says "At the time the 2 trains passed" train P averaged 70 mph. Which means that the speed could've been more or less before. what if it was going at a speed of 30 mph and all along and then was at 70 around when it crossed train Q.

2) Train Q averaged 55 mph for the entire trip.

Here we're comparing apples to oranges as one states the speed when the trains crossed and one states the average speed. If both had average speeds in the question, it would be a fair comparison.

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achalbhatt wrote:

i think it should be E.

1) it says "At the time the 2 trains passed" train P averaged 70 mph. Which means that the speed could've been more or less before. what if it was going at a speed of 30 mph and all along and then was at 70 around when it crossed train Q.

2) Train Q averaged 55 mph for the entire trip.

Here we're comparing apples to oranges as one states the speed when the trains crossed and one states the average speed. If both had average speeds in the question, it would be a fair comparison.

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