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Two trains, X and Y, started simultaneously from opposite ends of a 100-mile route and traveled toward each other on parallel tracks. Train X, traveling at a constant rate, completed the 100-mile trip in 5 hours; Train Y, traveling at a constant rate, completed the 100-mile trip in 3 hours. How many miles had train X traveled when it met train Y?

(A) 37.5
(B) 40.0
(C) 60.0
(D) 62.5
(E) 77.5

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Re: Converging train problem [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 05:40
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lets say they meet after X miles have been covered by T2..that means train 1 has travelled 100 -X miles in the same time

time taken by train 1 to cover 100 -X miles = (100 -X)/20
time taken by train 2 to cover X miles = X /(100/3) = 3X/100

(100 -X)/20 = 3X/100

which gives X = 62.5
which means train 1 had travelled 37.5
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Re: Converging train problem [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 06:32
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Train A's Speed 100/5 == 20 miles/hr
B's Speed 100/3 = 33.3 miles/hr

Relative speed 53.3 miles/hr

To cover 100 miles with relative speed time taken 100/53.3 almost 135 % of an hour

Train A will cover 135% of 20 approx 37.6

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Re: Converging train problem [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 09:34
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Train A speed = t1 = 20 mph
Train B speed= t2 = 100/3 mph
Combined speed(travelling towards each other) = 160/3 mph

When trains meet each other, they've covered 100 miles together.

Thus time = 100/(160/3) = 30/16 = 15/8 hours

out of 100 miles, distance covered by Train A = 20mph * 15/8 hours = 37.5 miles
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Re: Converging train problem [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 09:59
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Two trains X and Y started simultaneously from opposite ends of a 100 mile route and travelled toward each other on parallel tracks. Train X travelling at a constant rate completed the 100 mile trip in 5 hours. Train Y travelling at constant rate completed the 100 mile trip in 3 hours. How many miles had train X travelled when it met train Y ?


Can someone please explain the concept behind this type of problem ? All help appreciated.


The concept used in these questions is Relative Speed.

If two people walk in opposite directions (either towards each other or away from each other), their speed relative to each other is the sum of their speeds. e.g. If you are walking away from me at a speed of 2 miles/hr and I am walking away from you at a speed of 1 mile/hr, together we are creating a distance of 3 miles in 1 hr between us so our relative speed is 2 + 1 = 3 miles/hr
On the other hand, when two people walk in the same direction, their relative speed is the difference between their speeds.
e.g. if you are walking away from me at 1 mile/hr and I am walking towards you at 2 miles/hr, my speed relative to you is 2-1 = 1 mile/hr.

Time taken to meet = Total distance traveled/Relative speed

Speed of train X = 100/5 = 20 miles/hr
Speed of train Y = 100/3 miles/hr
Relative Speed = 20 + 100/3 = 160/3 miles/hr
Distance between them = 100 miles
Time taken to meet = 100/(160/3) hr = 15/8 hrs

In this time, train X would have traveled 20 * (15/8) = 37.5 miles

Faster Alternate Approach using Ratios :

Time taken by train X : Time taken by train Y = 5:3
Then, Speed of train X:Speed of train Y = 3:5
Since they start simultaneously, they travel for same time. So the ratio of their distance covered should be same as ratio of their speeds.
Distance covered by train X : Distance covered by train Y = 3:5
3/8 *100 = 37.5 miles (Distance covered by train X)
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Re: Converging train problem [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 18:10
Faster Alternate Approach using Ratios :

Time taken by train X : Time taken by train Y = 5:3
Then, Speed of train X:Speed of train Y = 3:5
Since they start simultaneously, they travel for same time. So the ratio of their distance covered should be same as ratio of their speeds.
Distance covered by train X : Distance covered by train Y = 3:5
3/8 *100 = 37.5 miles (Distance covered by train X)


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Re: Two trains, X and Y, started simultaneously from opposite [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2012, 06:13
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As I can see, I notice different approachs that are good but not so efficient

relative rates : 5 + 3 = 8

RT= D----> \frac{100}{8} = 12.5

Now this is a problem where the 2 times are dissimilar, is like a weigthed average in some how: what is the train that have more weigth in this scenario: the train with the 3 hours of trip.

So : 12.5 * 3 = 37.5

A is the answer. This is the fastest approach you can do with these tricky problems. that's it
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Re: Two trains, X and Y, started simultaneously from opposite [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2014, 01:12
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Two trains, X and Y, started simultaneously from opposite ends of a 100-mile route and traveled toward each other on parallel tracks. Train X, traveling at a constant rate, completed the 100-mile trip in 5 hours; Train Y, traveling at a constant rate, completed the 100-mile trip in 3 hours. How many miles had train X traveled when it met train Y?

(A) 37.5
(B) 40.0
(C) 60.0
(D) 62.5
(E) 77.5

As the ratio of the rates of X and Y is 3 to 5 then the distance covered at the time of the meeting (so after traveling the same time interval) would also be in that ratio, which means that X would cover 3/(3+5)=3/8 of 100 miles: 100*3/8=37.5 miles.

Answer: A.

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