1972 AHSME Problems/Problem 24
A man walked a certain distance at a constant rate. If he had gone mile per hour faster, he would have walked the distance in four-fifths of the time; if he had gone mile per hour slower, he would have been hours longer on the road. The distance in miles he walked was
We can make three equations out of the information, and since the distances are the same, we can equate these equations.
where is the man's rate and is the time it takes him.
Looking at the first two parts of the equations,
we note that we can solve for .
Solving for , we get
Now we look at the last two parts of the equation:
we note that we can solve for and we get
We want the find the distance so we just need to find which is