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John drove on a highway at a constant speed of r miles per hour in 13:00. Then, 2 hours later, Tom drove on the same highway at a constant speed of 4r/3 miles per hour in 15:00. If both drivers maintained their speed, how many did John drive on a highway, in miles, when Tom caught up with John?

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John drove on a highway at a constant speed of r miles per hour in 13:00. Then, 2 hours later, Tom drove on the same highway at a constant speed of 4r/3 miles per hour in 15:00. If both drivers maintained their speed, how many did John drive on a highway, in miles, when Tom caught up with John?

A. 3r B. 5r C. 8r D. 9r E. 10r Explanation:- Suppose Tom drove for time t speed 4r/3(given) And John for time t+2 speed r ( given) Since both distance are equal hence t.4r/3=(t+2).r-->t=6 There fore John travelled 8r distance ANS-C

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Relative speed of tom with reference to john=(4r/3)-r=r/3 The distance john would have travelled in 2 hours=2r Time taken by tom to catch up with john=2r/(r/3)=6 hours When tom catches up with john, total Distance travelled by john=total distance travelled by tom 2r+6r= 6*(4r/3) =8r Answer C

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When Tom started driving, the distance the John had already traveled is: 2r miles Each hour the distance between Tom and John shortened by (4r/3-r) = r/3 miles Then it will take Tom \(\frac{2r}{(r/3)}=6\) hours to catch up John, which means till Tom caught up with John, John had been driving for 8 hours => The distance John drove is 8r Answer C.
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Speed of John =r miles per hour and he started at 13:00 speed of Tom =4r/3 miles per hour and he started at 15:00 by the time Tom Started John covered r*2 miles relative speed =4r/3-r=r+r/3-r=r/3 d=2r time taken =2r/(r/3)=6 hours total time John was on road =6+2 =8 hours therefore John drove (8r)

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QUESTION #12:

John drove on a highway at a constant speed of r miles per hour in 13:00. Then, 2 hours later, Tom drove on the same highway at a constant speed of 4r/3 miles per hour in 15:00. If both drivers maintained their speed, how many did John drive on a highway, in miles, when Tom caught up with John?

A. 3r B. 5r C. 8r D. 9r E. 10r

Solution: The distance traveled by both John and Tom are same when they meet. Distance traveled by John = Distance traveled by Tom (Speed of John)*(2hr + time) = (Speed of Tome)*(time) r*(t+2) = (4r/3)*t t = 6 So, distance traveled = 8r

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Firstly we notice that John and Tom will have travelled the same distance when they meet, John will just have been travelling for longer.

If we define \(x\) as the amount of time John spent travelling until he met Tom, then the amount of time Tom spent travelling would be \(x-2\). The distance John travelled would be \(x*r\) and the distance Tom travelled would be \((x-2)*\frac{4r}{3}\).

Since we know that they travelled the same distance, we can write \(xr=(x-2)*\frac{4r}{3}\) and solve for \(x\) to give \(x=8\).

If \(x=8\) and we know that the distance travelled by John is \(x*r\) then we know the distance is \(8r\), the answer is C.
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At 15:00, The lead is 2r for John This lead of 2r has to be covered at a relative speed of ((4r/3) - r) to catch up with John This means 6 hours from 15:00, the 2 will meet But John started at 13:00 i.e. he has driven for 8 hours @ rmph Hence John's distance is 8r when they meet

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QUESTION #12: John drove on a highway at a constant speed of r miles per hour in 13:00. Then, 2 hours later, Tom drove on the same highway at a constant speed of 4r/3 miles per hour in 15:00. If both drivers maintained their speed, how many did John drive on a highway, in miles, when Tom caught up with John? A. 3r B. 5r C. 8r D. 9r E. 10r

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QUESTION #12:

John drove on a highway at a constant speed of r miles per hour in 13:00. Then, 2 hours later, Tom drove on the same highway at a constant speed of 4r/3 miles per hour in 15:00. If both drivers maintained their speed, how many did John drive on a highway, in miles, when Tom caught up with John?

A. 3r B. 5r C. 8r D. 9r E. 10r

In 2 hours (from 13:00 to 15:00), the distance John traveled \(= d_r=2*r\) (miles) Relative speed of Tom and John \(= S_r=\frac{4r}{3}-r=\frac{r}{3}\) (miles per hour) - meaning: in 1 hour, Tom can cover distance of r/3 in relative with distance that John traveled. Tom caught up with John only when Tom covered the 2r distance that John traveled --> the time Tom need to cover \(2r = \frac{2r}{r/3} = 6\)(hrs) --> In total, John traveled: \(6+2= 8\) hrs or \(8*r=8r\) miles

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option C. This can be solved using the concept of relative speed.

We are given that Tom started driving 2 hours after John. So, by this time John must have covered distance = r*2 = 2r

Relative speed of Tom with respect to John = 4r/3 - r => r/3 Now to catch up with john this distance of 2r needs to be travelled by Tom relative to John. So time required to travel this distance = 2*r/relative speed => 2r/(r/3) => 6hrs.

Thus it will take Tom 6 hours to catch up with John.

Now, by this time the distance travelled by John will be = r*6 = 6r. Also, John had already travelled a distance of 2r before Tom started.

Thus total distance travelled by John will be 2r+6r = 8r. => option C.
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speed equlas to distance travelled time so John => r=m1/t1----(eq1); Tom => 4*r/3 = m2/t2---(eq2); as John should meet tom m1 should be equal to m2 so m1=r*t1 from eq1 & m2= 4*r/3*t2 which on solving both results t1=4/3 t2; As tom has started 2 hrs late so t2-t1=2; solving for t1 we get t1=8 and m1=8*r

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QUESTION #12:

John drove on a highway at a constant speed of r miles per hour in 13:00. Then, 2 hours later, Tom drove on the same highway at a constant speed of 4r/3 miles per hour in 15:00. If both drivers maintained their speed, how many did John drive on a highway, in miles, when Tom caught up with John?

A. 3r B. 5r C. 8r D. 9r E. 10r

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say time taken by John when John & Tom catch up with each other is "t" hours. Since Tom has started 2 hours "later", Tom would have taken "t-2" hours (2 hours lesser than John) when they meet up.

Total Distance that John would've traveled in t hours : D1 = r*t Total Distance that Tom would've traveled in (t-2) hours : D2 = (4r/3)*(t-2)

They would've both covered the same distance when they meet , so D1 = D2

r*t = (4r/3)*(t-2) => 3rt = 4rt -8r => rt = 8r => r(t-8) = 0 we know r>0 , otherwise both John and Tom would've been stationary , so are not moving at all and can never meet. so t = 8;

Going by the previous equation we've setup , Total Distance traveled by John when they meet = r*y = 8r

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