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# A transcontinental jet travels at a rate of x – 100 mph with a headwin

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A transcontinental jet travels at a rate of x – 100 mph with a headwind and x + 100 mph with a tailwind between Wavetown and Urbanio, two cities 3,200 miles apart. If it takes the jet 2 hr 40 minutes longer to complete the trip with a headwind, then what is the jet’s rate flying with a tailwind?

(A) 500

(B) 540

(C) 600

(D) 720

(E) Cannot be determined by the information given.

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Time to cover the distance with wind is 3200/(x+100)
And time taken to cover against and is 3200/(x-100).
Now the stem says it takes 2 hours and 40 mins more to complete the trip with headwind. So 2 hours and 40 in turn to 8/3 hours.
So the equation is
[3200/(x-100)] -[3200/(x+100)] = 8/3...
Solving we get x=500 which is the speed of jet ad 100 is the speed of wind.
Combined it's 600.

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28 Jul 2017, 18:38
Bunuel wrote:
A transcontinental jet travels at a rate of x – 100 mph with a headwind and x + 100 mph with a tailwind between Wavetown and Urbanio, two cities 3,200 miles apart. If it takes the jet 2 hr 40 minutes longer to complete the trip with a headwind, then what is the jet’s rate flying with a tailwind?

(A) 500

(B) 540

(C) 600

(D) 720

(E) Cannot be determined by the information given.

I backsolved. I was taking too long to find the equations.

Difference in time should be 2 hours 40 minutes = 2$$\frac{2}{3}$$ = $$\frac{8}{3}$$ hours

1. Find tailwind time from $$D/r$$

TW time is $$\frac{3200}{600}$$ = $$\frac{32}{6}$$ = $$\frac{16}{3}$$ hours

Tailwind rate is 500 = x + 100, x = 400
Headwind rate is x - 100 = 300

HW time is $$\frac{3200}{400}$$ = $$\frac{32}{4}$$ = 8 hours

4. Difference in time?

(8 -$$\frac{16}{3}$$)=($$\frac{24- 18}{3}$$) = $$\frac{8}{3}$$ hours. Correct.

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Bunuel wrote:
A transcontinental jet travels at a rate of x – 100 mph with a headwind and x + 100 mph with a tailwind between Wavetown and Urbanio, two cities 3,200 miles apart. If it takes the jet 2 hr 40 minutes longer to complete the trip with a headwind, then what is the jet’s rate flying with a tailwind?

(A) 500

(B) 540

(C) 600

(D) 720

(E) Cannot be determined by the information given.

Time difference between headwind and tailwind = 2 hr 40 min = 2 + 40/60 = 8/3 hour
So, 3200/(x-100) - 3200/(x+100) = 8/3
-> 400 * 200 / (x^2-10000) = 1/3
-> 240000 = x^2 -10000
x^2 = 250000
x = 500

So, Jet's rate flying with a tailwind = 500+ 100 = 600 mph

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