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On a certain trip, a cyclist averaged 20 miles per hour for the 10 miles and 16 miles per hour for the remaining 20 miles. If the cyclist returned immediately via the same route and took a total of 4 hours for the round trip, what was the average speed, in miles, for the return trip?

On a certain trip, a cyclist averaged 20 miles per hour for the 10 miles and 16 miles per hour for the remaining 20 miles. If the cyclist returned immediately via the same route and took a total of 4 hours for the round trip, what was the average speed, in miles, for the return trip?

A. 24 B. 18 C. 17 1/7 D. 15 E. 13 1/3

One way trip is 20 miles plus 10 miles = 30 miles;

For the first part of the trip the cyclist needed time=distance/rate=10/20+20/16=7/4 hours;

Hence for the return trip the cyclist needed 4-7/4=9/4 hours;

The average speed for the return trip is miles/time=30/time=30/(9/4)=13.(3).

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Based on the way that the answer choices are written, there is a minor math "shortcut" built into this question that you can take advantage of to avoid the last couple of calculations.

Bunuel's calculations are spot-on, so I won't rehash any of that here. Instead, I'll jump straight to the shortcut:

Once you've determined that the return trip takes MORE than 2 hours, since the distance is 30 miles, the average speed for the return trip must be LESS than 15 miles/hour. Here's why:

Using the Distance Formula as reference, we know that if the time was EXACTLY 2 hours, the rate would be 15 miles/hour...

Distance = (Rate)(Time) 30 mi = (15 mph)(2hours)

By increasing the Time, the rate will be decreased (that's the only way that the distance will continue to = 30).

There's only one answer that fits this pattern (and we don't even need to calculate it).

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On a certain trip, a cyclist averaged 20 miles per hour for the 10 miles and 16 miles per hour for the remaining 20 miles. If the cyclist returned immediately via the same route and took a total of 4 hours for the round trip, what was the average speed, in miles, for the return trip?

A. 24 B. 18 C. 17 1/7 D. 15 E. 13 1/3

Total time taken to complete the trip= 4 hrs

Time taken to travel first 10 miles= 10/20=1/2 hr Time taken to travel remaining 20 miles= 20/16= 5/4 hr

Time taken for the return trip= Total time- Time taken during one way 4-(1/2+5/4) 4-7/4= 9/4

Speed of return trip= 30/9/4= 13 1/3

E is the answer
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