MATH SOLVE

4 months ago

Q:
# On an uphill hike, Ted climbs at a rate of 3 miles an hour. Going down, he runs at a rate of 5 miles an hour. If it takes him 40 minutes longer to climb up than run down, what is the total length of Ted's hike?

Accepted Solution

A:

Let the total length of Ted's hike be L and the total time spent be T.

The time spent going down is t, and the time spent going up is t+40 (if t is measured in minutes) or t + 2 hr/3 (if t is measured in hours). Note that t + t + 2/3 must equal T, the total hiking time, with all measurerments in hours.

Distance uphill: L = (3 mph)(t+2/3) = Distance downhill: (5 mph)(t)

We need only find t, the am't of time req'd for Ted to go up to down.

3t + 2 = 5t, or 2 = 2t, or t = 1 (hour)

It will take Ted 1 hour to descend the hill and 1 2/3 hour to ascend the hill.

The total length of Ted's hike was then 2 2/3 hours, or 2 hours 40 minutes.

By the way, the distance in each direction is (5 mph)(1 hr) = 5 miles.

The time spent going down is t, and the time spent going up is t+40 (if t is measured in minutes) or t + 2 hr/3 (if t is measured in hours). Note that t + t + 2/3 must equal T, the total hiking time, with all measurerments in hours.

Distance uphill: L = (3 mph)(t+2/3) = Distance downhill: (5 mph)(t)

We need only find t, the am't of time req'd for Ted to go up to down.

3t + 2 = 5t, or 2 = 2t, or t = 1 (hour)

It will take Ted 1 hour to descend the hill and 1 2/3 hour to ascend the hill.

The total length of Ted's hike was then 2 2/3 hours, or 2 hours 40 minutes.

By the way, the distance in each direction is (5 mph)(1 hr) = 5 miles.