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The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8-minutes interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8-minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8 minute interval?

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The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8-minute interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8-minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8-minute interval?

A. 35 B. 40 C. 48 D. 51 E. 53

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and here is why.
In the last 6th 8 minute interval he travelled 4.8 miles..
so the average speed in the last 8 minute interval is 4.8/8 = 0.6 miles/minute which is he travles 0.6*60 miles in an hour = 36 miles in an hour

Since this was the 6th 8 minute interval and the speed decreases 3 miles/hr every 8 min, backsolvin it.. 51miles/hr

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51

and here is why. In the last 6th 8 minute interval he travelled 4.8 miles.. so the average speed in the last 8 minute interval is 4.8/8 = 0.6 miles/minute which is he travles 0.6*60 miles in an hour = 36 miles in an hour

Since this was the 6th 8 minute interval and the speed decreases 3 miles/hr every 8 min, backsolvin it.. 51miles/hr

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The average speed of a car decreased by 3 mph every successive 8 mileinterval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the 6th 8 minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in mph, in the first 8 minute interval?

A. 35 B. 40 C. 48 D. 51 E. 53

Hello. The question stem should be corrected. See the red part above. The question says "every successive 8 mile interval". In fact, it should be "every successive 8 MINUTES interval"

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GMATT73 wrote:

The average speed of a car decreased by 3 mph every successive 8 mileinterval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the 6th 8 minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in mph, in the first 8 minute interval?

A. 35 B. 40 C. 48 D. 51 E. 53

Hello. The question stem should be corrected. See the red part above. The question says "every successive 8 mile interval". In fact, it should be "every successive 8 MINUTES interval"

I'm surprised many folks can solve this question

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GMATT73 wrote:

The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8-minute interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8-minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8-minute interval?

A. 35 B. 40 C. 48 D. 51 E. 53

Assume the speed was X in the first 8-minute interval So the speed would be x-3 after first interval .................... So the speed will be x-15 at the 6th interval

Now,

Rate x Time = Distance

(X-15) x 8 min = 4.8 miles > (x-15) x 8/60 hours = 4.8 miles > X-15 = (4.8) x 60/8= 36 > X=36+15= 51

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Hi All,

We're told that a car trip is broken down into 8-minute 'intervals'; this is a little 'strange' since we're used to seeing car trips broken down by distances. The math involved is the same though: we're going to use the Distance Formula and do some arithmetic to get to the correct answer.

We're told that the SIXTH interval has the car traveling 4.8 miles in 8 minutes... We can use this to figure out the speed of the car during that interval:

Distance = (Rate)(Time) 4.8 miles = (R)(8 minutes) 4.8 miles = (R)(8/60 hours) 4.8/(8/60) = R 36 miles/hour = R

Now we know that the car was traveling at an average speed of 36 mph in that SIXTH interval. We're told the average speed DECREASES by 3 miles per hour from one interval to the next, so we can work 'backwards' to figure out the speeds at each of the previous intervals. We're asked for the average speed of the car during the FIRST interval...

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