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The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8minutes interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8 minute interval?
A.35
B.40
C.48
D.51
E.53
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The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8minute interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8minute interval?
A. 35 B. 40 C. 48 D. 51 E. 53
Originally posted by GMATT73 on 29 Oct 2005, 08:46.
Last edited by Bunuel on 16 Sep 2014, 23:34, edited 1 time in total.
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In the 6th interval, r=d/t = (4.8)*(15/2)=36 mph
Since the rate decreased by 3 mph in each successive interval, in the first it would have been r=51mph.



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Hello cloaked_vessel:
You got the right answer, but I am not sure how you got to your setup.
Please give me more detail.
THX,
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Wiseguy hope the below explnation will help you
Let x be the speed at time inteeval 1 so it decreases by 3mph so at 6th its speed is x15
Now in the time span of 8 min it travles 4.8 miles so
speed = 4.8 / ( 8 / 60 ) = 36 mph
But x  15 = 36
x = 51



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D. 51
av. speed in 6th interval 36mph
+3 +3 +3 +3 +3 = 51mph in 1st 8 minute interval.



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29 Oct 2005, 17:20
51
and here is why.
In the last 6th 8 minute interval he travelled 4.8 miles..
so the average speed in the last 8 minute interval is 4.8/8 = 0.6 miles/minute which is he travles 0.6*60 miles in an hour = 36 miles in an hour
Since this was the 6th 8 minute interval and the speed decreases 3 miles/hr every 8 min, backsolvin it.. 51miles/hr



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30 Oct 2005, 04:52
bewakoof wrote: 51
and here is why. In the last 6th 8 minute interval he travelled 4.8 miles.. so the average speed in the last 8 minute interval is 4.8/8 = 0.6 miles/minute which is he travles 0.6*60 miles in an hour = 36 miles in an hour
Since this was the 6th 8 minute interval and the speed decreases 3 miles/hr every 8 min, backsolvin it.. 51miles/hr
Hmm...man you are NOT bewakoof



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01 Nov 2005, 08:32
If Original speed is x, in the 6th interval, speed is x15
Time for 6th interval = 8min = 8/60 hrs
Distance = 4.8 mph
D=s*t
4.8 = (x15)8/60.
Solving for x, we get 51 which is original speed.



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GMATT73 wrote: The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8minute interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8minute interval?
A. 35 B. 40 C. 48 D. 51 E. 53 Assume the speed was X in the first 8minute interval So the speed would be x3 after first interval .................... So the speed will be x15 at the 6th interval Now, Rate x Time = Distance (X15) x 8 min = 4.8 miles > (x15) x 8/60 hours = 4.8 miles > X15 = (4.8) x 60/8= 36 > X=36+15= 51 Ans D



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Hi All, We're told that a car trip is broken down into 8minute 'intervals'; this is a little 'strange' since we're used to seeing car trips broken down by distances. The math involved is the same though: we're going to use the Distance Formula and do some arithmetic to get to the correct answer. We're told that the SIXTH interval has the car traveling 4.8 miles in 8 minutes... We can use this to figure out the speed of the car during that interval: Distance = (Rate)(Time) 4.8 miles = (R)(8 minutes) 4.8 miles = (R)(8/60 hours) 4.8/(8/60) = R 36 miles/hour = R Now we know that the car was traveling at an average speed of 36 mph in that SIXTH interval. We're told the average speed DECREASES by 3 miles per hour from one interval to the next, so we can work 'backwards' to figure out the speeds at each of the previous intervals. We're asked for the average speed of the car during the FIRST interval... 6th interval = 36mph 5th interval = 39mph 4th interval = 42mph 3rd interval = 45mph 2nd interval = 48mph 1st interval = 51mph Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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Speed in 6th interval= 4.8*60/8= 36 miles/ hr Assume speed in 1st interval is x miles/hr. Then speed in 6th interval will be x15 miles/hr x15=36 x=51 D is the answer
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wiseguy wrote: The average speed of a car decreased by 3 miles per hour every successive 8minutes interval. If the car traveled 4.8 miles in the sixth 8minute interval, what was the average speed of the car, in miles per hour, in the first 8 minute interval?
A.35 B.40 C.48 D.51 E.53 Hi, another way DEPENDENT on choices..the speed in sixth 8minute interval will be a multiple of 3.. 4.8/6*60..and the reduction in speed was also in multiple of 3.. so the speed in every interval should be multiple of 3.. ONLY D and C are left... Now the multiples of 3 are alternately ODD and EVEN...so SIXinterval means 5 minuses.. so EVEN multiple of 3  ODD(5) multiple of 3.. so ans should be ODD multiple of 3.. ONLY D is left D
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4.8 miles/(1/7.5 hours)=36 mph 36+5*3=51 mph



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