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A car starts 2/5 of a mile behind a bus that is traveling at 60 miles per hour. If the car catches up to the bus after 2 minutes, how many miles does the car travel in that time?

A. $$2\frac{1}{10}$$

B. $$2\frac{2}{5}$$

C. $$2\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$2\frac{7}{8}$$

E. 3

I am not sure how to approach this one.
my intuition says either B or C.
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roygush wrote:
A car starts 2/5 of a mile behind a bus that is traveling at 60 miles per hour. If the car catches up to the bus after 2 minutes, how many miles does the car travel in that time?

A. $$2\frac{1}{10}$$

B. $$2\frac{2}{5}$$

C. $$2\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$2\frac{7}{8}$$

E. 3

I am not sure how to approach this one.
my intuition says either B or C.
thank you

Car traveled the distance that the bus covered in 1/30 hours (2 minutes) plus 2/5 miles, thus $$60*\frac{1}{30}+\frac{2}{5}=2\frac{2}{5}$$ miles.

Hope it's clear.

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My method was :

Car is travelling at a speed of 2/5 miles per 2 mins faster than the bus
i.e 12 mph faster than the buse
= 72 mph

So in 2 mins = 72 * 2/60 = 2.4

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roygush wrote:
A car starts 2/5 of a mile behind a bus that is traveling at 60 miles per hour. If the car catches up to the bus after 2 minutes, how many miles does the car travel in that time?

A. $$2\frac{1}{10}$$

B. $$2\frac{2}{5}$$

C. $$2\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$2\frac{7}{8}$$

E. 3

I am not sure how to approach this one.
my intuition says either B or C.
thank you

Car traveled the distance that the bus covered in 1/30 hours (2 minutes) plus 2/5 miles, thus $$60*\frac{1}{30}+\frac{2}{5}=2\frac{2}{5}$$ miles.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. Please indicate OA for PS problems (rule #7 here: rules-for-posting-please-read-this-before-posting-133935.html). Thank you.

Kudos and thank you both for your help, it is clear.
i knew it was easy...
Bunuel, ive been going through your posts. can you please create a post with Word Problems? like tips and tricks for Work/Rate/Ratio/Precents?
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roygush wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
roygush wrote:
A car starts 2/5 of a mile behind a bus that is traveling at 60 miles per hour. If the car catches up to the bus after 2 minutes, how many miles does the car travel in that time?

A. $$2\frac{1}{10}$$

B. $$2\frac{2}{5}$$

C. $$2\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$2\frac{7}{8}$$

E. 3

I am not sure how to approach this one.
my intuition says either B or C.
thank you

Car traveled the distance that the bus covered in 1/30 hours (2 minutes) plus 2/5 miles, thus $$60*\frac{1}{30}+\frac{2}{5}=2\frac{2}{5}$$ miles.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. Please indicate OA for PS problems (rule #7 here: rules-for-posting-please-read-this-before-posting-133935.html). Thank you.

Kudos and thank you both for your help, it is clear.
i knew it was easy...
Bunuel, ive been going through your posts. can you please create a post with Word Problems? like tips and tricks for Work/Rate/Ratio/Precents?

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MacFauz wrote:
My method was :

Car is travelling at a speed of 2/5 miles per 2 mins faster than the bus
i.e 12 mph faster than the buse
= 72 mph

So in 2 mins = 72 * 2/30 = 2.4

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Please explain your calculations...to say it rightly - formula

where did you get 12 mph and 72 mph and why did you divide it into 2/30?
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MacFauz wrote:
My method was :

Car is travelling at a speed of 2/5 miles per 2 mins faster than the bus
i.e 12 mph faster than the buse
= 72 mph

So in 2 mins = 72 * 2/30 = 2.4

Kudos Please... If my post helped.

Please explain your calculations...to say it rightly - formula

where did you get 12 mph and 72 mph and why did you divide it into 2/30?

Thanks for pointing it out. It was a typo.. Was thinkin 2/60(Conversion from minutes to hours since speed is in mph) equals 1/30 and typed in 2/30. I've changed that now. As for the remaining calculations. The car catches up the distance of 2/5 of a mile with the bus in 2 minutes. So the car must be travelling at a speed of 2/5 miles per 2 mins faster than the bus. 2/5 miles per 2 minutes is (2/5)*(60/2) mph. = 12 mph. Since this is the speed that the car is travelling at in excess to the speed of the bus, to get the speed of the car, we have to add this to the speed of the bus. 60 + 12 = 72

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MacFauz wrote:
MacFauz wrote:
My method was :

Car is travelling at a speed of 2/5 miles per 2 mins faster than the bus
i.e 12 mph faster than the buse
= 72 mph

So in 2 mins = 72 * 2/30 = 2.4

Kudos Please... If my post helped.

Thanks for pointing it out. It was a typo.. Was thinkin 2/60(Conversion from minutes to hours since speed is in mph) equals 1/30 and typed in 2/30. I've changed that now. As for the remaining calculations. The car catches up the distance of 2/5 of a mile with the bus in 2 minutes. So the car must be travelling at a speed of 2/5 miles per 2 mins faster than the bus. 2/5 miles per 2 minutes is (2/5)*(60/2) mph. = 12 mph. Since this is the speed that the car is travelling at in excess to the speed of the bus, to get the speed of the car, we have to add this to the speed of the bus. 60 + 12 = 72

Kudos Please... If my post helped.

Now I see what (2/5)*(60/2) mph. = 12 mph means and where you got it.
It is a [/5]/[/60] that represented the increasing in speed.
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(S-60)*(2/60)=2/5

s=72 m/h

72*(2/60)=2 2/5 miles
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In order for a car to catch up to the bus, it must travel the gap plus the additional distance travelled by the bus in two minutes.

$$\frac{60miles}{hour}x\frac{1 hour}{60minutes}x 2minutes=2miles$$

$$d=gap + d of bus$$
$$d=\frac{2}{5}miles + 2 miles = 2\frac{2}{5}miles$$
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Let 'x' be the speed of the CAR in miles/hour

Distance covered in catching the bus/ Relative speed of the car = Time taken (2 min)

2/(5* (x-60) = 2/60 [Since it is relative speed => x-60]

x=72 miles/hour

Distance traveled by car = Speed(x) * time(2 min)

Hence (B)
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The bus travels at 60mph = 1 mile per minute so in 2 minutes the bus has traveled 2 miles. If the car has caught up with the bus in 2 minutes, then it has driven 2 2/5 miles since it started 2/5 miles behind the bus.

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I looked at it as a relative speed problem; both going 60 mph the car would never catch up. But in 2 minutes it traveled an extra 2/5 of a mile, so the speed it used to cover that extra 2/5 would be 30(since 30*2=60)*2/5=60/5=12mph extra, add that to the 60mph of the bus and you get 72 mph, divide by 1/30 of an hour, and you get 2.4
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roygush wrote:
A car starts 2/5 of a mile behind a bus that is traveling at 60 miles per hour. If the car catches up to the bus after 2 minutes, how many miles does the car travel in that time?

A. $$2\frac{1}{10}$$

B. $$2\frac{2}{5}$$

C. $$2\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$2\frac{7}{8}$$

E. 3

Gap closes at what speed?
Find the "relative speed" at which the gap closes
Divide gap distance by time
Distance = $$\frac{2}{5}$$ mile
Time = 2 minutes = $$\frac{1}{30}$$ hour

Rate (speed) at which gap closes,: $$r=\frac{D}{t}$$
Relative speed:
$$r=\frac{(\frac{2}{5})}{(\frac{1}{30})}=(\frac{2}{5}*\frac{30}{1})=12$$ mph

In this "chase," the gap closes at a relative speed of 12 mph

Car's rate?
(Car rate - bus rate) = relative speed
(Car rate - 60 mph) = 12 mph
Car rate = 72 mph

Distance the car travels in 2 minutes?
Time: 2 minutes = $$\frac{1}{30}$$ hour
Rate: 72 mph
Distance traveled:
$$r*t=D$$:
$$(72*\frac{1}{30})=\frac{72}{30}=\frac{12}{5}=2\frac{2}{5}$$
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Bus travels 60mph so the bus travels 1mi per minute. Assume bus starts at mile #1 and the car is 2/5 mi behind so 1-(2/5) - 3/5mi (starting point). In 2 minutes, the bus traveled 2mi from mile #1 to mile #3. To calculate the time for the car to catch up to the bus (which is at mile #3), 3-(3/5) = 12/5 minutes. Answer Choice B.
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roygush wrote:
A car starts 2/5 of a mile behind a bus that is traveling at 60 miles per hour. If the car catches up to the bus after 2 minutes, how many miles does the car travel in that time?

A. $$2\frac{1}{10}$$

B. $$2\frac{2}{5}$$

C. $$2\frac{1}{2}$$

D. $$2\frac{7}{8}$$

E. 3

In the 2-minute time period, we note that both the car and the bus have traveled for 2/60 of an hour. We can let r = the rate of the car and create the equation:

r(2/60) = 60(2/60) + 2/5

r/30 = 2 + 2/5

Multiplying by 30, we have:

r = 60 + 12

r = 72

So in 2 minutes the car traveled 72 x 2/60 = 72/30 = 12/5 = 2 2/5 miles.

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Travelling rate of bus=60/60= 1 mile/min
So, in 2 min it will travel=2 miles

As car has to catch bus, it has to travel= 2+(2/5)= 12/5 miles

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