Got Homework?
Connect with other students for help. It's a free community.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
Nicole hiked up a mountain trail and camped overnight at the top. The next day she returned down the same trail. Her average rate traveling uphill was 2.6 kilometers per hour and her average rate downhill was 3.9 kilometers per hour. If she spent a total of 12 hours hiking, how long was the trail?
 one year ago
 one year ago
Nicole hiked up a mountain trail and camped overnight at the top. The next day she returned down the same trail. Her average rate traveling uphill was 2.6 kilometers per hour and her average rate downhill was 3.9 kilometers per hour. If she spent a total of 12 hours hiking, how long was the trail?
 one year ago
 one year ago

This Question is Closed

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You know the trail is the same length going up as it is going down. Therefore, her total distance travelled is \(2d\). \[ v = \frac{d}{t}\] \[t_{\text{up}} = 12  t_{\text{down}}\] This should get you started.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Yeah, that looks right. Now you just need to make it into an equation.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Well, if \(d_{total} = (vt)_{total}\), and \(d_{total} = d_{up} + d_{down}\), then \(d_{total} = (vt)_{up} + (vt)_{down}\)
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Said another way: \[d_{up} = (vt)_{up}\] \[d_{down} = (vt)_{down}\] \[d_{up} + d_{down} = 2d = (vt)_{up} + (vt)_{down}\]
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
I haven't calculated it, so I'm not sure. One sec.
 one year ago

zelloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
2.6 X +3.9(12X)= the answer ?
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
No, the answer is not 36.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Okay, let's start over. First, you know that the distance going up is the same as it is going down. Therefore, you can make \(d_{up}\) = \(d_{down}\).
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Let's call time \(t\) instead of \(x\).
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
So, since \(d_{up} = d_{down}\), \((vt)_{up} = (vt)_{down}\)
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
\(vt\) is velocity times time.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
We're just plugging in \(vt\) for \(d\).
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Let's use the formula \((vt)_{up} = (vt)_{down}\). Can you plug in your values? Let's say that \(t\) represents time going up. Therefore, \(12  t\) would be time going down.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Also, remember that \((vt)_{up}\) is the same as saying \(v_{up} \times t_{up}\). Same goes for down.
 one year ago

zelloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
oh okay ,so you're saying that the Distance is the Rate*Time which is \[d=vt\] ,right?
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
We can equate rate*time up to rate*time down, because they are both the same trail (i.e., same distance).
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
That's what makes it possible to solve the equation.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You're adding them together. You need to make them equal to each other.
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Because \(2.6x = d = 3.9(12x)\)
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Solve for \(x\) (time up the hill), then plug it into your original formula to solve for \(d\).
 one year ago

zelloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[2.6x=3.9(12x) \] \[2.6x=46.83.9x \] \[46.8=6.5x \] \[x=7.2\]
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Good! So what does \(x\) represent?
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
So now you can plug it into your distance formula (remember, \(d = vt\)) and solve for \(d\).
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You also know that time down the hill is \(12  x\), which you can calculate now to 4.8. You can plug *that* into your downhill formula, and you should get the same answer for \(d\). That will help prove your answer is right.
 one year ago

zelloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
\[d=vt\]\[3.9*4.8=18.72\] \[d=18.72\]
 one year ago

geoffbBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Excellent. And, conversely, \(2.6 \times 7.2 = 18.72 \text{ km}\), so you know your answer is right.
 one year ago
See more questions >>>
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.