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hazelnut wrote:
Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

By 6:12 Train A would have travelled 66 miles(55 miles in an hr and 11 miles in 12 mins) ahead.

When they meet x*66 = x*55+66;
11x= 66.

Therefore x=6.
so Time would be 6:12+6.
Hence 12:12. Ans:D
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Re: Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks fro [#permalink]

If you wanted to work the problem, it is very easy to remove choices a and b before doing any calculations:

A: 6:00 pm (Train A would have moved for 1.2 hrs at 55 mph while Train B would have made no distance at all)
B: 7:12 pm (Train B would have moved just 1 hr at 66 mph while Train A would have been moving for 2.2 hrs at 55 mph)
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hazelnut wrote:
Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

We can let the time of train B = t. Train A left 72 minutes earlier than train B, which is 72/60 hours, and thus the time of train A = t + 72/60 = t + 6/5.

Using the formula distance = rate x time, the distance of train A is 55(t + 6/5) = 55t + 66 and distance train B is 66t.

Thus:

distance train A = distance train B

55t + 66 = 66t

66 = 11t

6 = t

So, the trains are besides each other at 6:12 p.m. + 6 hours = 12:12 a.m.

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hazelnut wrote:
Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

for train A ; distance ; 55*(t+72/60) and for train B ; 66*t
55*(t+72/60)=66*t
solve for t = 6
6:12+6 ; 12:12 am
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hazelnut wrote:
Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

The difference in departure times are 1h 12min = 72 min = 6/5 hours. So by the time train B leaves, train A has traveled 55 miles/hour * 6/5 h = 66 miles. Then how long will it take for train B to catch up 66 miles? Train B is faster by train A by 11 mph. We can set up a work equation:

66=11*t
6=t

It will take 6 hours to catch up after the departure time of 6:12 pm, so B will catch up at 12:12 am.

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thanks i still dont understand why do we have to substract 66-55, please explain the logic behind that operation, thanks...

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hazelnut wrote:
Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

Using the gap method in a "chase" scenario.

Train A, while traveling alone, creates the distance (gap) between the trains.

Train A travels alone for $$\frac{6}{5}$$ hours
(r*t) = D (gap distance)
55 miles/hour * $$\frac{6}{5}$$ hrs = 66 miles

At 6:12 p.m., both trains are moving.
This is the time at which the distance gap begins to get closed.
Train B travels faster than train A and will overtake A.

When travelers move in the same direction, subtract slower rate from faster rate to get the rate at which the gap shrinks (relative speed).
(66 - 55) = 11 mph

How long will it take for B to catch A?
D/r = t
D is 66. Relative rate, r, is 11.
66/11 = 6 hours

The clock time at which they are "exactly beside one another" is calculated from the time B leaves, which is when both trains are traveling and the gap begins to shrink.

Add 6 hours to 6:12 p.m., when B leaves
Train B catches Train A at 12:12 a.m.

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Hi josearchila86 ,

Train B and A are both moving with a gap of 66 miles in between, but Train B is faster than Train A by 11 mph so we may use that as the speed instead with the distance of 66 miles. Another way of looking at this is we can pretend Train A is not moving while Train B is travelling towards Train A at a speed of 11 mph, thus we are asking how long it will to close the gap of 66 miles with a speed of 11 mph.
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Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

Let in X hours the two trains will be beside each other.
A traveled 72/60 hours before B starting.
So, A traveled X+72/60 OR, X+6/5

Thus,
55(X+6/55) = X*66
55X+66=66X
11X=66
X=6

THE ANSWER WILL BE 6:12+6=12:12 AM
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generis wrote:
hazelnut wrote:
Identical trains A and B are traveling non-stop on parallel tracks from New York to Chicago. Train A leaves New York at 5PM and travels at a constant speed of 55mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). Train B leaves New York at 6:12PM and travels at a constant speed of 66mph (assume constant speed from start of trip). At what time will the two trains be exactly beside each other?

(A) 6:00PM
(B) 7:12PM
(C) 12:00AM
(D) 12:12AM
(E) 1:12AM

Using the gap method in a "chase" scenario.

Train A, while traveling alone, creates the distance (gap) between the trains.

Train A travels alone for $$\frac{6}{5}$$ hours
(r*t) = D (gap distance)
55 miles/hour * $$\frac{6}{5}$$ hrs = 66 miles

At 6:12 p.m., both trains are moving.
This is the time at which the distance gap begins to get closed.
Train B travels faster than train A and will overtake A.

When travelers move in the same direction, subtract slower rate from faster rate to get the rate at which the gap shrinks (relative speed).
(66 - 55) = 11 mph

How long will it take for B to catch A?
D/r = t
D is 66. Relative rate, r, is 11.
66/11 = 6 hours

The clock time at which they are "exactly beside one another" is calculated from the time B leaves, which is when both trains are traveling and the gap begins to shrink.

Add 6 hours to 6:12 p.m., when B leaves
Train B catches Train A at 12:12 a.m.

Thank you so much for the great explanation!!
Finally I understand how to solve the GAP problems!
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