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July 10th, 2018, 05:15 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2014 From: India Posts: 355 Thanks: 1  How much time would it cross....
A train running at 65km/hr crosses a tunnel that is double of its length in 1 min 30 sec. In how much time would it cross another train which is half its length and coming from the opposite direction at 32.5km/hr? I can follow this procedure: 3x/90 seconds = 65km/hr > after finding x, the length of the train (3x/2)/k seconds = 97.5 km/hr > I use this x to find k I get k is 30 sec. but my calculation get lengthy, is there any shortcut to do this problem? I mean are there any proportionality approach etc for this problem? Last edited by Ganesh Ujwal; July 10th, 2018 at 05:59 AM. 
July 10th, 2018, 06:16 AM  #2 
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Hint 1: In rate, time, distance problems you need to have two numeric values for two of the variables to find the numeric value of the third. In the first part of the problem (the tunnel part) you can find x, which is a distance. In the second part of the problem, you need to find time. You need to solve for x before starting on the second part. Hint 2: With two objects moving relative to each other, it frequently helps to pretend that one is at rest and the other is moving at an adjusted rate. 
July 10th, 2018, 07:11 AM  #3 
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July 10th, 2018, 09:51 AM  #4  
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