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Ann and Bea leave X-ville at the same time and travel towards Y-ville, which is 70 kilometers away. Their individual speeds are constant, but Ann’s speed is greater than Bea’s speed. Upon reaching Y-ville, Ann immediately turns around and drives toward X-ville until she meets Bea. When they meet, how far has Bea traveled?

1) Ann’s speed is 30 kilometers per hour greater than Bea’s speed 2) Ann’s speed is twice Bea’s speed

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Ann and Bea leave X-ville at the same time and travel towards Y-ville, which is 70 kilometers away. Their individual speeds are constant, but Ann’s speed is greater than Bea’s speed. Upon reaching Y-ville, Ann immediately turns around and drives toward X-ville until she meets Bea. When they meet, how far has Bea traveled?

1) Ann’s speed is 30 kilometers per hour greater than Bea’s speed

Common sense: B's speed 20 kmph A s speed 50 kmph

B's speed 5kmph A's speed 35kmph

these will yield diff. result. NS.

2) Ann’s speed is twice Bea’s speed

A-2x, A travelled 2xt. B- x, B travelled xt.

2xt + xt = 70 + 70

xt = 140/3.

Suff.

B. _________________

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Ann and Bea leave X-ville at the same time and travel towards Y-ville, which is 70 kilometers away. Their individual speeds are constant, but Ann’s speed is greater than Bea’s speed. Upon reaching Y-ville, Ann immediately turns around and drives toward X-ville until she meets Bea. When they meet, how far has Bea traveled?

1) Ann’s speed is 30 kilometers per hour greater than Bea’s speed 2) Ann’s speed is twice Bea’s speed

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Hi Distance travelled by Ann on her journey beck from Y to X – c. Total distance travelled by Ann d_1 = 70 + c Total distance travelled by Bea d_2 = 70 – c 1) Ann’s speed is 30 kilometers per hour greater than Bea’s speed Bea’s speed = v Ann’s speed = v + 30 (70 + c )/ (v + 30) = (70 – c) / v 70c + cv = (70 – c)(v + 30) c(v + 15) = 1050 We can derive many values for v and c. Insufficient. 2) Ann’s speed is twice Bea’s speed (70 + c) / 2v = (70 – c) / v 70v + cv = 140v – 2cv 3cv = 70v c = 70/3 Distance travelled by Bea: 70 – 70/3 = 140/3 Sufficient. Answer B.

Ann and Bea leave X-ville at the same time and travel towards Y-ville, which is 70 kilometers away. Their individual speeds are constant, but Ann’s speed is greater than Bea’s speed. Upon reaching Y-ville, Ann immediately turns around and drives toward X-ville until she meets Bea. When they meet, how far has Bea traveled?

1) Ann’s speed is 30 kilometers per hour greater than Bea’s speed 2) Ann’s speed is twice Bea’s speed

Target question:When they meet, how far has Bea traveled?

Statement 1: Ann’s speed is 30 kilometers per hour greater than Bea’s speed We can see that is not sufficient if we examine some EXTREME CASES: Case a: Ann's speed = 30.00000001 kilometers per hour, and Bea's speed = 0.00000001 kilometers per hour. In this case, Bea travels almost 0 kilometers Case b: Ann's speed = 40 kilometers per hour, and Bea's speed = 10 kilometers per hour. In this case, Bea travels more than 0 kilometers Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: Ann’s speed is twice Bea’s speed One option here is to test a bunch of cases to see what happens. If we do this, we'll find that we keep getting the same answer to the target question

Alternatively, we can use some algebra: Let B = the distance Bea traveled Let R = Bea's speed.

NOTE: the total distance from Townville to Villageton and then BACK TO Townville = 140 kilometers.

So, 140 - B = the distance Ann traveled And 2R = Ann's speed (since her speed is TWICE Bea's speed)

From here, let's create a WORD EQUATION that uses distance and speed. How about: Ann's travel time = Bea's travel time

Time = distance/rate, so we get: (140 - B)/2R = B/R Cross multiply to get: (B)(2R) = (R)(140 - B) Expand: 2BR = 140R - BR Add BR to both sides: 3BR = 140R Divide both sides by R to get: 3B = 140 Divide both sides by 3 to get: B = 140/3 In other words, Bea traveled 140/3 kilometers Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT