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A car travels from point A to point B. The average speed

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A car travels from point A to point B. The average speed of the car is 60 miles/hr and it travels the first half of the trip at a speed of 90 mi/hr. What is the speed of the car in the second half of the trip?

A. 30
B. 45
C. 60
D. 75
E. 90

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Avg Speed = Total Distance / Total time.

Let total distance = d
Let the speed of the car in the second half of the trip = S
Time taken to travel first half (d/2) at speed of 90m/hr t1= d/2*90 = d/180
Time taken to travel second half (d/2) at speed of s m/hr t2= d/2*s = d/2s

Total time = t1+t2 = d/180 + d/2s

Avg Speed = Total Distance / Total time.
60 = d/(t1+t2)
\(60=d/[(d/180) + d/2s)]\)
60 = 360s/(2s+180)
s=45

OA B.
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A car travels from point A to point B. The average speed of the car is 60 miles/hr and it travels the first half of the trip at a speed of 90 mi/hr. What is the speed of the car in the second half of the trip?

A)30
B)45
C)60
D)75
E)90


By weighted average:

Let the speed be S;

\(\frac{\frac{1}{S}-\frac{1}{60}}{\frac{1}{60}-\frac{1}{90}}=\frac{x}{x}=1\)

Upon solving;
S=45 m/h

Ans: "B"
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A car travels from point A to point B. The average speed of the car is 60 miles/hr and it travels the first half of the trip at a speed of 90 mi/hr. What is the speed of the car in the second half of the trip?

A)30
B)45
C)60
D)75
E)90


Avg speed formula = 2XY/(x+Y)

2X*90/x+90 = 60
180X= 60X+5400
120X= 5400
X= 45.
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A car travels from point A to point B. The average speed of the car is 60 miles/hr and it travels the first half of the trip at a speed of 90 mi/hr. What is the speed of the car in the second half of the trip?

A. 30
B. 45
C. 60
D. 75
E. 90

Let the average speed for the second half of the trip be \(x\) miles per hour.

Pick some smart number for the distance from A to B: let the distance be 180 miles, so half of the distance will be 90 miles.

\(Average \ speed=\frac{total \ distance}{total \ time}\) --> \(60=\frac{180}{total \ time}\);

Total time equals time for the first half plus time for the second half --> \(\frac{90}{90}+\frac{90}{x}=\frac{x+90}{x}\);

So \(60=\frac{180}{total \ time}\) --> \(60=\frac{180x}{x+90}\) --> \(60x+60*90=180x\) --> \(120x=60*90\) --> \(x=45\).

Answer: B.

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