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a man averaged 50mph traveling from Denver to Minneapolis.

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a man averaged 50mph traveling from Denver to Minneapolis. returning by a different route that covered the same amount of miles, he averaged 55mph. what is the distance between the two cities if his total time was 32hrs? i have no idea how to set up the equation to solve this problem. it is driving me crazy and is due Friday Apr19th. someone with math expertise please help!


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This is the same D=RT formula. miles = (miles/hour) * hours
Trip one is D miles = 50 miles/hour * x hours
Trip two is D miles = 55 miles/hour * y hours
The miles are the same, and the total x+y=32, or y=32-x
50x = 55(32-x)
50x = 1760-55x
105x = 1760
x = 16.762 hours
y = 15.238 hours
x = 50*16.762 = 838.1 miles
y = 55*15.238 = 838.1 miles, so it checks both ways.

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