Carcass wrote:

A bus from city M is traveling to city N at a constant speed while another bus is making the same journey in the opposite direction at the same constant speed. They meet in point P after driving for two hours. The following day the buses do the return trip at the same constant speed. One bus is delayed 24 minutes and the other leaves 36 minutes earlier. If they meet 24 miles from point P, what is the distance between the two cities?

A.48

B.72

C.96

D.120

E. 192

Buses traveling at SAME speeds meet in point P after driving for 2 hours.IMPORTANT: Since the 2 buses are traveling at the SAME speed, then

point P must be HALF WAY between city M and city NAlso recognize that the TOTAL travel time = 4hrs (2 hrs for each bus)

TOTAL distance traveled = (distance one bus traveled) + (distance other bus traveled)

Distance = (travel time)(rate)

Let r = the rate that EACH bus is traveling.

So, we get: TOTAL distance traveled = 2r + 2r =

4rSo, from the above

fact, the distance from point P to city M (and to city N) =

4r/2 =

2rOne bus is delayed 24 minutes and the other leaves 36 minutes earlier. If they meet 24 miles from point P, what is the distance between the two cities?Another way to read this is: One bus leaves its city. ONE HOUR LATER, the other bus leaves its city.

Let's say Bus A leaves city M at noon, and Bus B leaves city N at 1pm.

Let t = Bus A's travel time until they meet

So, Let t-1 = Bus B's travel time until they meet

Since the TOTAL travel time = 4hrs, we can write: t + (t-1) = 4

Solve to get: t = 2.5

So, Bus A traveled for 2.5 hours, Bus B traveled for 1.5 hours,

This means Bus A traveled further. In fact, Bus A travels PAST point P (which is halfway between cities M and N) for an ADDITIONAL 24 miles

In other words, Bus A's travel distance =

2r + 24

Since Bus A traveled for 2.5 hours at a rate of r, we can write: 2.5r =

2r + 24

Multiply both sides by 2 to get: 5r = 4r + 48

Solve: r = 48

TOTAL distance traveled =

4r= 4(48)

= 192

Answer: E

Cheers,

Brent

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