# Solve System of Equations Related to Race Speeds

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• brinlin
In summary, this site will not do your homework for you, you will have to do it yourself. The distances are in miles, the speeds are in mi/hr, and the time it takes to do the job is in hours. The equation is x/10+ y/4+ z/20= 2.5. If you don't like fractions, multiply both sides by 20 and the answer is 2x+ 5y+ z= 50.
brinlin

You seem to be under the impression that this is a site that will do your homework for you. It isn't! We don't know you and we don't dislike you enough to want you to fail this course. We will be happy to help you if you show enough of your own work that we can see what help you need.

The whole point of homework is for YOU to practice so you can pass the tests! I hope you want to pass the tests!

[I myself am a retired math professor. I once had a student who turned in perfect homework then failed every test. He complained bitterly when he received an "F" for the course. I have no idea who did his homework for him (he was a fraternity member if anyone thinks that is relevant) but clearly he didn't. They did him no favors!]

I'll help you get started. Let the distance each has to run be "x", the distance each has to swim "y", and the distance each has to cycle "z", all in miles, of course.

Velocity has units of mi/hr because it is "distance (mi.) divided by time (hr.)", v= d/t. Multiplying on both sides by t, vt= d. Dividing on both sides by v, t= d/v. I did that because this problem tells us velocities and I have assigned labels to the distances. I have those together on the right side of the equation.

Look at Amanda only, she ran a distance x miles at 10 mi/hr so took x/10 hours. She swam a distance y miles at 4 mi/hr so took y/4 hours. She cycled a distance z miles at 20 mi/hr so took z/20 hr. She took a total x/10+ y/4+ z/20 hours. The problem tells us she took 2 hours and 30 minutes which is 2.5 hours.

The equation is x/10+ y/4+ z/20= 2.5. If you don't like fractions (I don't!) multiply both sides by 20: 2x+ 5y+ z= 50.

Now you finish!

## 1. How do you solve a system of equations related to race speeds?

To solve a system of equations related to race speeds, you will need to have at least two equations that represent the speeds of two different racers. Then, you can use algebraic methods such as substitution or elimination to solve for the variables and determine the speeds of each racer.

## 2. What are the variables typically used in a system of equations related to race speeds?

The variables used in a system of equations related to race speeds are usually the distance of the race, the time it takes for each racer to complete the race, and the speed of each racer. These variables can be represented by letters such as d, t, and s.

## 3. Can a system of equations related to race speeds have more than two equations?

Yes, a system of equations related to race speeds can have more than two equations. In fact, the more equations you have, the more accurate your calculations will be. This is because each equation provides more information and constraints for the variables, making it easier to solve for their values.

## 4. How do you know if a system of equations related to race speeds has a unique solution?

A system of equations related to race speeds will have a unique solution if the number of equations is equal to the number of variables. This means that each variable will have one and only one value that satisfies all of the equations. If the number of equations is less than the number of variables, there may be multiple solutions or no solutions at all.

## 5. Can a system of equations related to race speeds be solved using other methods besides algebraic methods?

Yes, a system of equations related to race speeds can also be solved using graphical methods or technology such as calculators or computer software. These methods can be useful for visualizing the solutions and checking for accuracy, but algebraic methods are typically more efficient and precise.

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