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## #1 2005-10-18 17:39:24

Nikky
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### HELP! Math Question

Can someone help with this?

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A person drives at a constant speed of 97km/h except for a break that he takes which is 26.4 minutes long. If the average speed of the trip is 64km/h...

How long did the whole trip take?
How far does the person go?

## #2 2005-10-18 18:09:15

ryos
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Registered: 2005-08-04
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

speed = distance / time
Average speed also = distance / time

Assume two chunks of time: t1 spent driving at 97 km/hr and t2=26.4min spend driving at 0 km/hr

Convert break to hours: 26.4/60 = 0.44 hr
Average the speeds:  (s1 + s2) / (t1 + 0.44)

(97 + 0) / (t1 + 0.44) = 64
t1 = 97/64 - 0.44 = 1.075625

Or, total time = 1.515625 hr and total distance = 64 km/hr * 1.075625 hr = 68.84 km.

But, I may have done it wrong. It's late and I haven't checked for mistakes...

Last edited by ryos (2005-10-18 18:15:43)

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## #3 2005-10-18 20:09:36

ganesh
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

Checked, found right.

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## #4 2005-10-19 23:00:04

DAN
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

I love maths. It's so fun and exciting. Please tell me more. Oh maths!! (Jelly babies)

## #5 2005-10-19 23:35:25

justlookingforthemoment
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Registered: 2005-05-26
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

Insomnia...? You have a jelly baby fan friend.

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## #6 2005-10-20 00:43:10

MathsIsFun
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

You can combine maths and jelly babies. Count them.

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## #7 2005-10-20 03:15:31

insomnia
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

Actually I edited his post as he was being abusive. *I hate maths* was what he said. So I changed it.

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## #8 2005-10-20 09:16:46

MathsIsFun
Registered: 2005-01-21
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### Re: HELP! Math Question

Oh, and they would probably be the first to notice if they didn't get the right change.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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