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### HideShow timer Statistics A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

A. 50
B. 60
C. 80
D. 90
E. 100

Originally posted by alexa on 27 Oct 2014, 21:42.
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A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

OA: 80

Distance = 2400 Meters = $$\frac{2400}{1000}$$ Kms = 2.4 Kilometers

Time = 1 Minute 48 Seconds = 60+48 = 108 seconds = $$\frac{108}{60}$$ Minutes = $$\frac{108}{60*60}$$ Hours

Speed $$= \frac{2.4}{\frac{108}{60*60}} = 0.8 * 10 * 10 = 80$$

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A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

OA: 80

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alexa wrote:
A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

OA: 80

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alexa wrote:
A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

OA: 80

Distance = 2400 Meters = $$\frac{2400}{1000}$$ Kms = 2.4 Kilometers

Time = 1 Minute 48 Seconds = 60+48 = 108 seconds = $$\frac{108}{60}$$ Minutes = $$\frac{108}{60*60}$$ Hours

Speed $$= \frac{2.4}{\frac{108}{60*60}} = 0.8 * 10 * 10 = 80$$

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Can you please explain the step by step procedures for converting the fraction to multiplication and ultimately arriving at 80?

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1 Hour = 60 Minutes = 60*60 Seconds = 3600 seconds

We require to convert 108 seconds into hours

$$= \frac{108}{3600} Hours$$

$$Speed = \frac{distance}{time} = 2.4 * \frac{3600}{108} = 80$$
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I arrived to the correct answer (80), but it took me quite long.

I have trouble converting units.

I did 1hr = 60min, and 60 min = 60 sec per min. So, 60x60 = 3,600 seconds in 1 hour.

So 108 seconds / 3,600 to convert to hours (this is the messy part, as then I divided 108/3,600 to get 0.031 hours).

Finally did 2.4 / 0.031 as 240 / 3 to get 80.

Any tips so that I can convert units and make the process easier and less prone to mistakes?

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alexa wrote:
A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

OA: 80

Distance= 2.4 Kms
Time= 1 + 48/60= 1.8/60 hrs

Speed= 2.4 * 60/1.8= 80 km/h
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A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

OA: 80

$$Speed = \frac{Distance}{Time}$$

We need to find Speed in $$km/hr$$, hence convert the units of distance and time in $$kms$$ and $$hrs$$ respectively.

Given; Distance $$= 2400$$ meters $$= 2.4$$ kms

Time $$= 1$$ minute $$48$$ seconds $$= 60 + 48 = 108$$ seconds $$= \frac{108}{3600}$$ hrs $$= \frac{3}{100}$$ hrs

Speed $$= \frac{2.4}{(3/100)} = \frac{2.4*100}{3}$$

Speed $$= \frac{240}{3} = 80$$ km/hr

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Whenever, we need to convert a speed in km/hr to m/s, you multiply it by a factor of $$\frac{5}{18}$$
We arrive to $$\frac{5}{18}$$ as follows :

1 km is 1000 meters
1 hr is 60 minute, and 1 minute is 60 seconds.
1 hr is 3600 seconds

So 1 km/hr essentially converts to $$\frac{1000}{3600}$$ or $$\frac{5}{18}$$m/s
Therefore, In order to convert the speed from m/s to km/hr, you must multiply it by a factor of $$\frac{18}{5}$$

Coming back to the question in hand
The car travels 2400 meters in 1 minute 48 seconds(108 seconds)
Speed(in m/s) = $$\frac{Distance}{Time} = \frac{2400}{108} = \frac{200}{9}$$

In order to convert the speed in the format that it has been asked in, we multiply it by a factor of $$\frac{18}{5}$$

So, the converted speed(in km/hour as asked in the question) is $$\frac{200}{9}*\frac{18}{5}$$ = 80 km/hr.

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alexa wrote:
A Car traveling at a constant speed took 1 minute 48 seconds to travel the distance between a certain road sign and the beginning of a roadwork area.
If the distance between the road sign and the beginning of the road work area was 2,400 meters, then the car was traveling at what speed, in kilometers per hour?
(1kilometer = 1,000 meters)

A. 50
B. 60
C. 80
D. 90
E. 100

If pressed for time, we can estimate:
1min 48s ≈ 2 min
2400/1000 = 2.4 km
1 hr = 60 min --> 60/2 = 30 * 2.4 km = 60+12 = 72 km/hr
Actual km/hr is a bit higher since we rounded up, choose C.
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Quickest method:

Work backward as the answer choices looks good and far appart.

Test B - 60 km/h = 60km/60min so 1km/min. The time necessary to do 2.4km = 2.4 min. Our car is FASTER as it does it in 1 min 48s ==> ELIMINATE A AND B.

Test D - 90 km/h = 90km/60min so 3km/2min so 1.5 km/min. The time necessary to do 2.4km = 2.4/1.5 = 24/15 = 1.6 min = 96 seconds. Our car is going SLOWER as it does it in 60 sec + 48 sec = 108 sec ==> ELIMINATE D AND E.

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