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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

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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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90/(v-3)=0.5+90/(v+3)

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

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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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it took me a while, but i finally got it :)

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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.

Answer: A.

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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

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