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# Jim travels the first 3 hours of his journey at 60 mph speed and the

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Jim travels the first 3 hours of his journey at 60 mph speed and the remaining 5 hours at 24 mph speed. What is the average speed of Jim's travel in mph?

A. 36 mph
B. 37.5 mph
C. 42 mph
D. 42.5 mph
E. 48 mph

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15 Mar 2016, 13:04
(3 hours)(60 mph)+(5 hours)(24 mph)=300 total miles
(300 total miles)/(8 total hours)=37.5 mph average speed
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22 Mar 2016, 11:21
First of all you cannot just add up the speed and divide by the total hours. You have to find the total combined time and total distance for the trip.

Therefore, it is helpful to refer to a table such as the one below.

Since the total distance is 300 miles and the total amout of hours is 8, one can solve for the average speed

$$\frac{300}{8}=37.5 mph$$

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22 Mar 2016, 15:00
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Bunuel wrote:
Jim travels the first 3 hours of his journey at 60 mph speed and the remaining 5 hours at 24 mph speed. What is the average speed of Jim's travel in mph?

A. 36 mph
B. 37.5 mph
C. 42 mph
D. 42.5 mph
E. 48 mph

The question has been answered nicely already, so I won't get into that.

However, if you're not sure how to proceed with the questions or you're pressed for time, you can get to a 50-50 guessing situation in about 10 seconds.
IF Jim traveled at 60 mph for the SAME amount of time that he traveled at 24 mph, then the average speed would be the average of 60 and 24.
That is, if he had spent the same time driving at each speed, his average speed WOULD HAVE been 42 mph, since (60+24)/2 = 42

HOWEVER, since Jim actually spent MORE TIME driving at 24mph, his average speed will be closer to 24mph than to 60mph.
In other words, his average speed will be LESS THAN 42 mph
This means the correct answer is either A or B.
Guess and move on.

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Brent
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29 May 2017, 10:14
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60*3 = 180
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24*5= 120
120+180 =300
Speed= Distance/Time = 300/8 = 150/4=75/2=37.5

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09 Dec 2019, 07:43
Bunuel wrote:
Jim travels the first 3 hours of his journey at 60 mph speed and the remaining 5 hours at 24 mph speed. What is the average speed of Jim's travel in mph?

A. 36 mph
B. 37.5 mph
C. 42 mph
D. 42.5 mph
E. 48 mph

tIME = 3 S=60 d=ST = 60*3 =180 miles
time 2 = s=24 d st = 120 Miles

Total d = 180+120 =300
Total time =5+3= 8

Total Avg speed = Total Distance / total time = 300/8 = 37.5 or B
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