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Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters at a constant rate from point P to point Q in a pool. Roger, who is faster than Jim, can swim the same distance in b seconds at a constant rate. If Jim leaves point P the same time that Roger leaves point Q, how many fewer meters will Jim have swum than Roger when the two swimmers pass each other?

A) c(b-a)/ a+b

B) c(a-b)/a+b

C) c(a+b)/a-b

D) ab(a-b)/a+b

E) ab(b-a)/a+b

The above question can be done by picking numbers. Is there an alternative way to solve this.
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Algebraic Approach:
As Jim and Roger as swimming in opposite direction we can add their rates
$$Mutual speed = \frac{c}{a} +\frac{c}{b} = \frac{c(a+b)}{ab}$$
$$Mutual Time$$ (taken by both cross each other) = $$\frac{distance}{mutualspeed}$$ = $$c/\frac{c(a+b)}{ab}$$ = $$\frac{ab}{(a+b)}$$
Roger's distance - Jim's distance = (Roger's rate * mutual time) - (Jim's rate * mutual time) = mutual time * (Roger's rate - Jim's rate) = $$\frac{ab}{(a+b)}$$ * $$(\frac{c}{b}-\frac{c}{a})$$ = $$\frac{ab}{(a+b)}$$ * $$\frac{c(a-b)}{ab}$$ = $$\frac{c(a-b)}{(a+b)}$$

Hence answer is (B).
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Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters at a constant rate from point P to point Q in a pool. Roger, who is faster than Jim, can swim the same distance in b seconds at a constant rate. If Jim leaves point P the same time that Roger leaves point Q, how many fewer meters will Jim have swum than Roger when the two swimmers pass each other?

A. c(b-a)/(a+b)
B. c(a-b)/(a+b)
C. c(a+b)/(a-b)
D. ab(a-b)/(a+b)
E. ab(b-a)/(a+b)

Hi, I am having trouble with this question. Can you please help explain it algebraically as well as with picking numbers, thanks

OK. Unit of distance is mt. Check the unit of options only A B and C satisfies.
b<a so option would be negative.
Between B and C now. Educated guess is B because we have relative speed in denominator. But let me explain why.....

The relative speed will be b+a for objects travelling in opposite direction. Let both of them meet in t seconds. Distance traveled is c.
t = c / (c/a+c/b) = ab/(a+b).
Distance traveled by jim whose speed is c/a is c/a * ab/ (a+b) = cb/(a+b)
Distance traveled by roger... c/b*ab/(a+b) = ca/(a+b)
Difference c*(a-b)/(a+b)
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Both Jim & Roger are travelling at constant speed & in opposite direction:
So, speed of Jim = c/a & speed of Roger = c/b
Let say Jim travelled distance x from P where it met Roger, it means that Roger travelled (c-x) from point Q
[x would be less than (c-x) as Jim is travelling slow]
From above, time taken by Jim to travel x = xa/c....................... (1)
Also, time taken by Roger to travel (c-x) = (c-x)b/c.....................(2)
Time taken by both Jim & Roger is same, so (1) = (2)
xa/c = (c-x)b/c,
Solving further, x = bc/(a+b).................... (3)
We require to find how many fewer meters will Jim have swum i.e
additional distance travelled by Roger = (c - x) - x
= c-2x
Substituting value of x from (3) & solving the equation further, we get Answer = c(a-b)/a+b
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Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters at a constant rate from point P to point Q in a pool. Roger, who is faster than Jim, can swim the same distance in b seconds at a constant rate. If Jim leaves point P the same time that Roger leaves point Q, how many fewer meters will Jim have swum than Roger when the two swimmers pass each other?

A) c(b-a)/ a+b

B) c(a-b)/a+b

C) c(a+b)/a-b

D) ab(a-b)/a+b

E) ab(b-a)/a+b

The above question can be done by picking numbers. Is there an alternative way to solve this.

We know from the question stem that a>b, as because for the same distance, Roger will take lesser time than Jim.Eliminate options A and E(as they will lead to negative answer).

Also, as the answer is representing distance, we can straightaway eliminate D, which is representing $$time^2$$

Out of the 2 options remaining , i.e. B and C, we know that the answer has to be less than c(The difference between the distance covered by Jim and Roger can-not be more than c) For option C, the expression (a+b)/(a-b) WILL always be greater than 1. Thus, by process of elimination, the answer is B.

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Speed of Jim is c/a meter per second. Speed of Roger is c/b meter per second.
Let us suppose when they both meet or cross each other Jim has covered x distance and Roger has covered c-x distance. Since time taken is same, as they both started together we can have the equation:

x/(c/a) = (c-x)/(c/b)

ax/c = b(c-x)/c or ax = b(c-x)
Solving for x, x = cb/(a+b)
Jim travelled, x = cb/(a+b)
Roger travelled, c-x = ca/(a+b)
Ans: ca/(a+b) - cb/(a+b) = c(a-b)/(a+b)

How come Roger's distance be taken as c-x ? I dont see it being mentioned that distance between the two points is c.
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Abhii46 wrote:
Speed of Jim is c/a meter per second. Speed of Roger is c/b meter per second.
Let us suppose when they both meet or cross each other Jim has covered x distance and Roger has covered c-x distance. Since time taken is same, as they both started together we can have the equation:

x/(c/a) = (c-x)/(c/b)

ax/c = b(c-x)/c or ax = b(c-x)
Solving for x, x = cb/(a+b)
Jim travelled, x = cb/(a+b)
Roger travelled, c-x = ca/(a+b)
Ans: ca/(a+b) - cb/(a+b) = c(a-b)/(a+b)

How come Roger's distance be taken as c-x ? I dont see it being mentioned that distance between the two points is c.

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Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters at a constant rate from point P to point Q in a pool. Roger, who is faster than Jim, can swim the same distance in b seconds at a constant rate. If Jim leaves point P the same time that Roger leaves point Q, how many fewer meters will Jim have swum than Roger when the two swimmers pass each other?

A) c(b-a)/ a+b

B) c(a-b)/a+b

C) c(a+b)/a-b

D) ab(a-b)/a+b

E) ab(b-a)/a+b

let d=roger's distance at passing
c-d=jim's distance at passing
d/(c-d)=a/b
d=ac/(a+b)
d-(c-d)=2d-c
substituting, 2d-c=2*ac/(a+b)-c➡
c(a-b)/(a+b)
B

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Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters at a constant rate from point P to point Q in a pool. Roger, who is faster than Jim, can swim the same distance in b seconds at a constant rate. If Jim leaves point P the same time that Roger leaves point Q, how many fewer meters will Jim have swum than Roger when the two swimmers pass each other?

A. c(b-a)/(a+b)
B. c(a-b)/(a+b)
C. c(a+b)/(a-b)
D. ab(a-b)/(a+b)
E. ab(b-a)/(a+b)

We are given that Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters. Since rate = distance/time, Jim’s rate is c/a. We are also given that Roger can swim c meters in b seconds. Roger’s rate = c/b.

Since Jim leaves point P at the same time Roger leaves point Q, we can let t = the time it takes them to pass each other, and we can use the following formula:

distance of Jim + distance of Roger = total distance

(c/a)t + (c/b)t = c

Let’s multiply both sides of the equation by ab:

bct + act = abc

Now divide both sides of the equation by c and solve for t:

bt + at = ab

t(b + a) = ab

t = ab/(a +b)

In t seconds (when they pass each other), Roger has swum (c/b)[ab/(a +b)] = ac/(a + b) meters and Jim has swum (c/a)[ab/(a +b)] = bc/(a + b) meters. Therefore, the difference between the distances swum is:

ac/(a + b) - bc/(a + b) = (ac - bc)/(a + b) = c(a - b)/(a + b)

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(1) Time taken for Jim and Roger to meet: c/(a+b)... (Since they are swimming towards each other their combined speeds will come into play). So Jim and Roger each swim for c/(a+b) secs before they meet.
(2) Jim swims a*[c/(a+b)] meters.
(3) Roger swims b*[c(a+b)] meters.
(4) Difference: bc/(a+b) - ac/(a+b)...> c(a-b)/(a+b) Re: Jim takes a seconds to swim c meters at a constant rate from point P   [#permalink] 16 Sep 2019, 00:38
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