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Two Trains (Posted on 2007-05-05) Difficulty: 3 of 5
There are parallel train tracks running from Abilene to Imogene. The tracks run in a straight line between the two cities. On a particular morning, Train A begins the journey from Abilene to Imogene on the first track. At the exact same time, Train B begins the journey from Imogene to Abilene on the second track. The two trains always travel at constant velocities.

The two trains pass each other at a small town called Xanadu. From there, Train A takes another 5 hours to reach Imogene, while Train B takes another 10 hours to reach Abilene.

The next day, Train A embarks on the return trip to Abilene at the exact same time Train B leaves for Imogene. This time, they pass each other at a small town called Yonkers, whereby Train A takes another 5 hours to reach Abilene while Train B takes another 10 hours to reach Imogene.

If the distance between Yonkers and Xanadu is 500 miles, then how fast is each train traveling?

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re: Solution | Comment 3 of 4 |
(In reply to Solution by Bractals)

You can prove that |AY| = |XI|.


     500 - d                    d

Velocity of train A is distance/time or d/5.



                  e                       500 - e

Velocity of train A on the way back is e/5.


Since they have constant velocities, d/5 = e/5.

Therefore, d=e, and |AY| = |XI|.


This might seem trivial, but what the hell.


  Posted by Skizap on 2007-06-14 13:33:26
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