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# Beth lives 40 blocks from her office. To get to work, she can walk,

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06 Jan 2019, 07:22
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Beth lives 40 blocks from her office. To get to work, she can walk, which takes 45 seconds per block, or she can take the subway, which takes z seconds per block. If she could wait for the subway for 20 minutes and arrive at her office at exactly the same time she would have arrived by walking, then z is

A) 10
B) 13
C) 14
D) 15
E) 20

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06 Jan 2019, 08:29
By walk = 45 seconds per block, then for 45 blocks, 1800 seconds.
By subway = z seconds per block, then 40z seconds for 40 blocks.

1800 = 20min + 40z
1800 = 20*60 + 40z
40z = 600
z = 15

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20 Jan 2019, 20:39
40 blocks · 45 seconds - 20 minutes · 60 seconds = 40 blocks · z seconds
45-30=z
15=z

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20 Jan 2019, 21:38
Helium wrote:
Beth lives 40 blocks from her office. To get to work, she can walk, which takes 45 seconds per block, or she can take the subway, which takes z seconds per block. If she could wait for the subway for 20 minutes and arrive at her office at exactly the same time she would have arrived by walking, then z is

A) 10
B) 13
C) 14
D) 15
E) 20

Question says that time taken for the subway for 20 minutes and arrive at her office at exactly the same time she would have arrived by walking

Best way was to use the values, start from end, so since its a subway we can start with the extreme value
20*60 + 40 * z = 45*40

20*60 + 40*20 != 45 *40

20*60 + 40*15 = 45 *40

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04 Feb 2019, 15:45
------------ Rate(block/sec)----------Time(sec)-----------Distance(blocks)
walk----------1/45----------------- t ------------------40
subway--------1/z------------------(t-1200)-------------40 --> wait time is 20 min i.e.1200 sec. hence (t-1200)

after solving above RT=D equation for walking ,

t =1800 sec ,
therefore , t-1200 =600 sec

now solve for the 'Z' by putting t=600 in subway equation.

1/z * 600 =400 (solve this)
hence , Z =15
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