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Two cars are traveling on a highway in the same direction. If car A traveling at a rate of 55 mph is 18 miles ahead of car B, which is traveling at 45 mph, how much time will it take for car A to double the distance between itself and car B?

A) 1 hour and 48 mins
B) 3 hours
C) 3 hours and 36 mins
D) 4 hours
E) 4 hours and 18 mins

Originally posted by jennysussna on 07 Sep 2018, 13:28.
Last edited by generis on 07 Sep 2018, 18:17, edited 1 time in total.
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jennysussna wrote:
Two cars are traveling on a highway in the same direction. if car A traveling at a rate of 55mph is 18 miles ahead of car B, which is traveling at 45 mph, how muh time will it take for car a to double the distance between itself and car b?

a 1 hour and 48 mins
b 3 hours
c 3 hours and 36 mins
d 4 hours
e 4 hours and 18 mins

This problem is almost equal to the one you have posted here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/ps-same-dist ... l#p2127282

That´s why I will allow myself to answer this one more briefly (as I would do in the real test):

(See figure attached.)

B is virtually not-moving,
A is virtually with 10mph and (FOCUS) must travel another 18 miles (therefore it will be 2*18 miles ahead of A)...

Remember: virtual time = real time (our FOCUS), hence:

$$? = 18\,\,{\text{miles}}\,\,\left( {\frac{{1\,\,{\text{h}}}}{{10\,\,{\text{miles}}}}} \right)\,\,\, = \,\,\frac{{5 + 4}}{5}\,\,{\text{h}}\,\,{\text{ = }}\,\,1{\text{h}}\,\,{\text{ + }}\,\,\frac{4}{5}{\text{h}}\,\,\left( {\frac{{60\,\,\min }}{{1\,\,\,{\text{h}}}}} \right) = 1{\text{h}}48\min$$

This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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jennysussna wrote:
Two cars are traveling on a highway in the same direction. if car A traveling at a rate of 55mph is 18 miles ahead of car B, which is traveling at 45 mph, how muh time will it take for car a to double the distance between itself and car b?

a 1 hour and 48 mins
b 3 hours
c 3 hours and 36 mins
d 4 hours
e 4 hours and 18 mins

This is a "runaway" problem with a "gap" and a trap (gap distance that Car A must travel is not 36 miles).

Use RT=D and "solve for the gap."
We need
1) the rate at which the gap widens ("relative speed")
2) gap distance

(1) Rate = relative speed. Travel is in SAME direction. Subtract slower speed from faster. Relative speed: $$(Rate_{A}-Rate_{B})=(55-45)=10mph$$

(2) Gap distance?
The gap distance at start: 18 miles
Desired gap distance? (18*2) = 36 miles
Car A is faster than B and ahead of car B.
The 18-mile distance between them never shrinks. Rather, that gap increases slowly.

Car A needs to get (36-18) = 18 ADDITIONAL miles ahead of Car B
$$D_{gap}=18$$ miles

(3) TIME required?
How long will it take for Car A to put another 18 miles between A and B?

Relative speed, $$R=10$$ mph
Distance of gap, $$D=18$$ miles
Time needed: $$RT=D$$, so $$T=\frac{D}{R}$$
$$T=\frac{18}{10}=\frac{9}{5}=1\frac{4}{5}$$ hours

Multiply any fraction of an hour by 60 to get minutes: $$(\frac{4}{5}*60)=48$$ minutes

Time needed: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Check. From the time that A was 18 miles ahead of B to the time that A was 36 miles ahead of B, both cars traveled for $$\frac{9}{5}$$ hours.

Start: Car B was at the 0 mile mark
RT=D, so Car B traveled $$45*\frac{9}{5}=81$$ miles
End: Car B is at the 81-mile mark

Start: Car A started at the 18-mile mark
Car A traveled $$55*\frac{9}{5}=99$$ miles
End: Car A is at mile marker (18+99) = 117

Distance between A and B? (117-81)=36 mi

That works.
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Car A is 10 mph faster than Car B so it gains 10 miles in 1 hour on Car B. In order to double the distance the distance between them, Car A will have to gain 18 miles on Car B to do which it will need 18/10=1.8 hours=1 hr 48 mins. Ans: A.
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here relative speed = 55-45 = 10 mph

current distance = 18
target distance = 36
required extra distance=18

It means we have to calculate how much time it will take to cover 18 miles with relative speed of 10 mph

time = 18/10 = 1.8 hours

so 1 hour and 48 mins

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Relative speed is 10 mph, to cover 18 miles it would take a bit less than 2 hours, Only option A is less than 2 hours, hence is the correct answer.
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