1951 AHSME Problems/Problem 50
Problem
Tom, Dick and Harry started out on a -mile journey. Tom and Harry went by automobile at the rate of mph, while Dick walked at the rate of mph. After a certain distance, Harry got off and walked on at mph, while Tom went back for Dick and got him to the destination at the same time that Harry arrived. The number of hours required for the trip was:
Solution
Let be the distance (in miles) that Harry traveled on car, and let be the distance (in miles) that Tom backtracked to get Dick. Let be the time (in hours) that it took the three to complete the journey. We now examine Harry's journey, Tom's journey, and Dick's journey. These yield, respectively, the equations
\begin{align*} \frac{d_1}{25}+\frac{100-d_1}{5}&=T, \frac{d_1}{25}+\frac{d_2}{25}+\frac{100-(d_1-d_2)}{25}&=T, \frac{d_1-d_2}{5}+\frac{100-(d_1-d_2)}{25}&=T. \end{align*} We combine these three equations:
After multiplying everything by 25 and simplifying, we get
We have that , so . This then shows that , which in turn gives that . Now we only need to solve for :
The journey took 8 hours, so the correct answer is .
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