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Powersdale To Quicksville (Posted on 2007-03-20) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Train X moves at an uniform speed from Powersdale to Quicksville; two stations 240 kilometers apart. Train Y starts from Powersdale precisely one hour after Train X departed (also from Powersdale) and, after two hours, comes to a point that Train X had passed 45 minutes previously.

Train Y now increases its speed by 5 kilometers per hour and it overtakes Train X as soon it reaches Quicksville.

Determine the original speed of both the trains.

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Solution solution | Comment 1 of 4

Let Vx be the velocity of X and Vy be the velocity of Y, and t=0 be the time that X left Powersdale.

At t=3 Y has traveled 2*Vy.
45 minutes before was t=2.25, by which time x had gone 2.25*Vx, so

2*Vy = 2.25*Vx

To avoid messy fractions define v = Vy/9 = Vx/8.

After time t=3, Y must go an additional 240 - 18*v km, traveling at (9*v+5) km/h, thus taking (240-18*v)/(9*v+5) hours. During this same time, X must travel whatever the remainder is of its 240 km trip, so that is 240/(8*v) - 3. Thus we have

(240-18*v)/(9*v+5) = 240/(8*v) - 3

Simplifying and cross-multiplying, we get a quadratic

3v^2 - 5*v - 50 = 0

which solves to v = 5/6 +/- 25/6.

We don't want a negative velocity, so v = 30/6 = 5.

So Vx = 8*v = 40 km/h and Vy = 9*v = 45 km/h

As a check, at t=2.25 X is at the 90 km mark
         At t=3 Y is also at the 90 km mark
         At t=6 X is at 240, which is Quicksville
            and Y is at 90+50*3 = 240 (Quicksville).

  Posted by Charlie on 2007-03-20 09:51:39
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