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Distance Math Word Problem?

## Distance Math Word Problem?

[From: Mathematics] [author: ] [Date: 01-07] [Hit: ]
Distance Math Word Problem?A man "A" sets out from a certain point and traveled at the rate of 6 kph. After "A" had gone two hours , another man "B" set out to overtake "A" and went 4 km the first hour, 5 km the second hour, 6 km the third h......

Distance Math Word Problem?
A man "A" sets out from a certain point and traveled at the rate of 6 kph. After "A" had gone two hours , another man "B" set out to overtake "A" and went 4 km the first hour, 5 km the second hour, 6 km the third hour and so gaining 1 km every hour. How many hours after...
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Captain Matticus, LandPiratesInc say: A = 12 + 6t
B = 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + ...
B = 4 + 0 + 4 + 1 + 4 + 2 + 4 + 3 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 5 + ... + 4 + t
B = 4 + 4t + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + .... + t
B = 4 + 4t + (t/2) * (t + 1)

A = B
12 + 6t = 4 + 4t + (t/2) * (t + 1)
8 + 2t = (t/2) * (t + 1)
16 + 4t = t * (t + 1)
16 + 4t = t^2 + t
0 = t^2 + t - 4t - 16
0 = t^2 - 3t - 16
t = (3 +/- sqrt(9 + 64)) / 2
t = (3 +/- sqrt(73)) / 2
t > 0
t = (3 + sqrt(73)) / 2

(3 + sqrt(73)) / 2 hours after B left their starting point

12 + 6t =>
12 + (6/2) * (3 + sqrt(73)) =>
12 + 3 * 3 + 3 * sqrt(73) =>
21 + 3 * sqrt(73) km from the starting point
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Ash say: Lets say B meet A after t hours
then distance travelled by A = 6(t+2) km ...(1)

B's distance = 4 + 5 + 6...(t+3) km
which can be written as (3+1) + (3+2) + (3+3)...(t+3) ... where 2nd number in the sum is hour

This is arithmetic series with a₁=4, a(n)= (t+3), d = 1, n = t and
sum = n(a₁+a(n))/2 = t(4+(t+3))/2 = (t²+7t)/2 ...(2)

Since both distances will be same
6(t+2) = (t²+7t)/2
12(t+2) = (t²+7t)
12t + 24 = t²+7t
t²-5t-24=0
(t-8)(t+3)=0
t = 8 or t=-3
Ignoring negative time, our answer is 8 hours

B will meet A after 8 hours
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