## A boat travels between two cities that are 18 miles apart. When going downstream, with the current, the trip takes 9/8 hour(s). Returning up

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A boat travels between two cities that are 18 miles apart. When going downstream, with the current, the trip takes 9/8 hour(s). Returning upstream, against the current, the boat covers the same distance in 9/5 hour(s). What is the current of the river? miles per hour What is the speed of the boat in still water?

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1. Answer: the speed of the boat in still water is 13 mph.

the current of the river is 3 mph

Step-by-step explanation:

Let x represent the speed of the boat in still water.

Let y represent the current of the river.

The boat travels between two cities that are 18 miles apart.

When going downstream, with the current, the trip takes 9/8 hour(s). The total speed of the boat would be (x + y) mph

Distance = speed × time

Distance travelled while going downstream is

18 = 9/8(x + y)

18 = 1.125(x + y)

Dividing both sides by 1.125, it becomes

16 = x + y – – – – – – – – – – 1

Returning upstream, against the current, the boat covers the same distance in 9/5 hour(s). The total speed of the boat would be (x – y) mph. Distance travelled while going upstream is

18 = 9/5(x – y)

18 = 1.8(x – y)

Dividing both sides by 1.8, it becomes

10 = x – y – – – – – – – – – – 2

Adding equation 1 to equation 2, it becomes

26 = 2x

x = 26/2 = 13

Substituting x = 13 into equation 2, it becomes

10 = 13 – y

y = 13 – 10

y = 3