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# A boat traveled upstream a distance of 90 miles at an

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Updated on: 10 Feb 2014, 12:34
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A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled the same distance downstream at an average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. If the trip upstream took a half hour longer than the trip downstream, then how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream?

A. 2.5
B. 2.4
C. 2.3
D. 2.2
E. 2.1

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: a-boat-traveled-upstream-90-miles-at-an-average-speed-of-100767.html

Originally posted by CfaMiami on 23 Jul 2006, 08:02.
Last edited by Bunuel on 10 Feb 2014, 12:34, edited 1 time in total.
Edited the question and added the OA.
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23 Jul 2006, 08:41
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90/(V-3) = 90/(V+3) + 0.5 hours
=> 90(V+3) = (V-3) [90 + 0.5 V + 1.5]

90V + 270 = (V-3)(183/2 + V/2)
180V + 540 = (V-3)(183+V)= 183V- 549+ V^2 -3V

V^2 - 1089= 0 => V= 33 miles/hr

=> Time downstream = 90/36 = 30/12= 5/2= 2.5 hrs
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23 Jul 2006, 13:11
90/(v-3)=0.5+90/(v+3)

solve for v=33
Then, Td=90/36=2.5

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26 Jul 2006, 01:39
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Time taken upstream = 90/v-3
Time taken downstream = 90/v+3

Hence

90/v-3 + 90/v+3 = 1/2

v = 33

Time taken downstream = 90/36 = 5/2 = 2.5 hrs
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Re: GMAT PREP PS Boat (Upstream vs Downstream)  [#permalink]

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24 Jan 2010, 02:51
it took me a while, but i finally got it
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24 Jan 2010, 08:50
I forgot to take account for both directions. I add the current on one but forgot to subtract it from the other.
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A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled the same distance downstream at an average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. If the trip upstream took a half hour longer than the trip downstream, then how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream?

A. 2.5
B. 2.4
C. 2.3
D. 2.2
E. 2.1

Trip upstream took $$\frac{90}{v-3}$$ hours and trip downstream took $$\frac{90}{v+3}$$ hours. Also given that the difference in times was $$\frac{1}{2}$$ hours --> $$\frac{90}{v-3}-\frac{90}{v+3}=\frac{1}{2}$$;

$$\frac{90}{v-3}-\frac{90}{v+3}=\frac{1}{2}$$ --> $$\frac{90(v+3)-90(v-3)}{v^2-9}=\frac{1}{2}$$ --> $$\frac{90*6}{v^2-9}=\frac{1}{2}$$ --> $$v^2=90*6*2+9$$ --> $$v^2=9*(10*6*2+1)$$ --> $$v^2=9*121$$ --> $$v=3*11=33$$;

Trip downstream took $$\frac{90}{v+3}=\frac{90}{33+3}=2.5$$ hours.

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: a-boat-traveled-upstream-90-miles-at-an-average-speed-of-100767.html
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10 Feb 2014, 21:12
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CfaMiami wrote:
A boat traveled upstream 90 miles at an average speed of (v-3) miles per hour and then traveled the same distance downstream at an average speed of (v+3) miles per hour. If the trip upstream took a half hour longer than the trip downstream, then how many hours did it take the boat to travel downstream?

A. 2.5
B. 2.4
C. 2.3
D. 2.2
E. 2.1

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: a-boat-traveled-upstream-90-miles-at-an-average-speed-of-100767.html

Here is a post discussing how to solve such equations easily: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/03 ... culations/
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