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A swimmer practiced in a still water inlet a river made in

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A swimmer practiced in a still water inlet a river made in its bank, and achieved a speed of 4 km/h. When she was swimming upstream in the river, however, she could only make 3 km/h. One day the swimmer swam into the river from the inlet, then doubled the covered distance going downstream, and finally came back. She averaged 3.8 km/h that day. What was her downstream speed?


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we can find out downstream speed in just two steps..
i think all the other information is not reqd..
what do you people think?

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New post 09 Sep 2008, 23:43
arjtryarjtry wrote:
A swimmer practiced in a still water inlet a river made in its bank, and achieved a speed of 4 km/h. When she was swimming upstream in the river, however, she could only make 3 km/h. One day the swimmer swam into the river from the inlet, then doubled the covered distance going downstream, and finally came back. She averaged 3.8 km/h that day. What was her downstream speed?


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we can find out downstream speed in just two steps..
i think all the other information is not reqd..
what do you people think?



I also got 5 kmph. However, I am not able to get how 3.8 kmph will be the average speed in the second case.

Calling math gurus for help.

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New post 10 Sep 2008, 14:08
hmm .. there is a catch i think


from the first set of info we can deduce the speed of the stream. i.e 1 km/hr

now in the second case there is no reason to believe that the swimmer swam with the same speed as he had on the previous occasion.

so then we need to deduce the speed


3.8 = 2d / [d/(s+1) + d/(s-1)] where d= distance travelled and s=swimmer's speed

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So apparently you need physics to solve this problem under 2 minutes :P

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