Hi All,

This question requires a certain degree of note-taking and organization. Once you've got everything on the pad, you can then approach the math in a couple of ways:

Since we're dealing with distance, rate and time, I'm going to make two equations based on the two days of travel:

Day 1: Distance = (R mph)(T hours)

Day 2: Distance#2 = (R+1 mph)(T+2 hours)

Since the TOTAL TIME for both days was 18 hours, we can solve for T...

T + (T+2) = 18

2T = 16

T = 8

Since the TOTAL DISTANCE for both days was 64 miles, we can now set up 1 gigantic equation....

64 miles = (R)(8) + (R+1)(10)

At this point, we have 1 variable and 1 equation, so we can solve for R....

64 = 8R + 10R + 10

54 = 18R

3 = R

The prompt asks for the speed on DAY 1; since the hiker traveled R mph on Day 1, the answer is 3...

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