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# Algebra help

A boat travels 16 miles upstream and 15 miles downstream. The total time for both parts of the trip is 9 hours. The speed of the boat in still water is 9 mph. Find the speed of the current.

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Ralph L. | Algebra I, II, Visual Basic, Beginning C++ tutorAlgebra I, II, Visual Basic, Beginning C...
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let x be the speed of the current:

16 = (9 - x)t

t= 16/(9 - x)

substitute t into equation below:

15 = (9 + x)(9- t)   ----> -9x2 -x + 450 use quadratic formula ---> [1 ± √[1 - 4*(-9)*450]]/2*(-9)

so x ≈ 7.016miles/hour

Brad M. | STEM Specialist plus Business, Accounting, Investment & EditingSTEM Specialist plus Business, Accountin...
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Hello again, Erica -- in still water, we could travel 81 miles in 9hr ... current is serious ...
8mph current takes 16hr up ... 7mph current takes 8hr up and 15mi/16mph ~1hr back ...
current is about 7mph  ... Best wishes, ma'am :)

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Hey Brad. What formula did you use? How did you come up with this solition?