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Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination? (1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip.
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Originally posted by udaymathapati on 30 Aug 2010, 09:23.
Last edited by Bunuel on 26 Jun 2013, 23:34, edited 1 time in total.
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udaymathapati wrote: Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination? (1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip. Straight A, the asnwer cannot be C. (1) As P averaged 70 miles per hour at the time when the two trains passed, hence whey they passed each other P traveled 2*70=140 miles, so for P it was 110 miles left to cover and for Q 140. P was closer to its destination. Sufficient. (2) Knowing average speed for entire trip won' help us to determine the distance either of train covered at the time they passed each other (as the average speed at the time the met could have been different). Not sufficient. Answer: A.
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30 Aug 2010, 20:15
Agree with Bunuel. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.



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31 Aug 2010, 02:44
Yes.. agree.... Atually i was shocked to see C in the answer....



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I agree with bunuel here....Has to be A



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Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination?
(1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour.
(2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip.
I have found the answer to this question, BUT I have not found the answer to my question. For some reason, the answer is not making sense in my mind. Can someone explain how A is the correct answer, and C is incorrect? For statement 1, how do we know that Train Q had not averaged a speed of 80mph?
Thank you in advance!



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Jscheu91 wrote: Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination?
(1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour.
(2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip.
I have found the answer to this question, BUT I have not found the answer to my question. For some reason, the answer is not making sense in my mind. Can someone explain how A is the correct answer, and C is incorrect? For statement 1, how do we know that Train Q had not averaged a speed of 80mph?
Thank you in advance! Make sure to follow all posting guidelines (link in my signatures) especially to search for a question before you post an already discussed question as a new one. Merged the topics. Refer above for the solution. Statement 1 should have given you an indication that average speed of the entire trip might be different from the average speed at the very moment that the trains passed each other. This statement lets you setup the following information : 2P+2Q=250 , with P=70, giving you Q = 55 at that very moment. WIth this information, you can definitely calculate unique values of distances for both the trains. Statement 2, tells you about the average speed of Q for the ENTIRE TRIP. This doesn't help in any way. Thus not sufficient. A is thus the correct answer. Hope this helps.



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Sorry but the explanation for statement 1 is not clear from the above thread. Can someone please explain how do we know the speed of Q and how do we derive that equation. Thank you.



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Bunuel wrote: udaymathapati wrote: Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination? (1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip. Straight A, the asnwer cannot be C. (1) As P averaged 70 miles per hour at the time when the two trains passed, hence whey they passed each other P traveled 2*70=140 miles, so for P it was 110 miles left to cover and for Q 140. P was closer to its destination. Sufficient. (2) Knowing average speed for entire trip won' help us to determine the distance either of train covered at the time they passed each other (as the average speed at the time the met could have been different). Not sufficient. Answer: A. BunuelI did not understand still that even if option 1 gives us P is 110 miles away from destination how can we conclude that P is nearer at that time without knowing anything about Q? If we are to compare P & Q's distance from the destination when they pass each other, we need to know Q's distance too at that time right? Please help me understand this. Thanks!



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Shenaz wrote: Bunuel wrote: udaymathapati wrote: Stations X and Y are connected by two separate, straight, parallel rail lines that are 250 miles long. Train P and train Q simultaneously left Station X and Station Y, respectively, and each train traveled to the other’s point of departure. The two trains passed each other after traveling for 2 hours. When the two trains passed, which train was nearer to its destination? (1) At the time when the two trains passed, train P had averaged a speed of 70 miles per hour. (2) Train Q averaged a speed of 55 miles per hour for the entire trip. Straight A, the asnwer cannot be C. (1) As P averaged 70 miles per hour at the time when the two trains passed, hence whey they passed each other P traveled 2*70=140 miles, so for P it was 110 miles left to cover and for Q 140. P was closer to its destination. Sufficient. (2) Knowing average speed for entire trip won' help us to determine the distance either of train covered at the time they passed each other (as the average speed at the time the met could have been different). Not sufficient. Answer: A. BunuelI did not understand still that even if option 1 gives us P is 110 miles away from destination how can we conclude that P is nearer at that time without knowing anything about Q? If we are to compare P & Q's distance from the destination when they pass each other, we need to know Q's distance too at that time right? Please help me understand this. Thanks! P is 110 miles from the destination at the moment when P and Q meet. Since the whole distance is 250 miles, then Q is 250  110 = 140 miles from the destination.
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thanks for the explanation, i missed that were traveling from opp ends Sent from my XT1562 using GMAT Club Forum mobile app




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