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1. A motorist can go downstream at 18 km/hr and upstream at 10 km/hr. Find the speed of the stream and the speed of the motorist in still waters.

a. Motorist = 8 km/hr ; Stream = 28 km/hr
b. Motorist = 10 km/hr ; Stream = 5 km/hr
c. Motorist = 14 km/hr ; Stream = 4 km/hr
d. Motorist = 28 km/hr ; Stream = 8 km/hr

Answer: c. Motorist = 14 km/hr ; Stream = 4 km/hr

Explanation:

Man's/Boat's Speed = X
Stream/Current/River Speed = Y

∴ Downstream speed = X + Y
Upstream speed = X - Y

X+Y = 18 km/hr and X-Y = 10 km/hr

Adding them we get,
X+Y+X-Y = 28 km/hr

∴ X = 14 km/hr = Speed of Motorist
Y=18-14 = 4 km/hr = Speed of stream

2. A boatman rows his boat 48 km upstream and same distance downstream. The boat takes 12 hrs and 8 hrs to go upstream and downstream respectively. Find the speed of the boat in stagnant water and the speed of the stream respectively.

a. 4 km/hr ; 3 km/hr
b. 5 km/hr ; 1 km/hr
c. 6 km/hr ; 4 km/hr
d. 12 km/hr ; 6 km/hr
e. Cannot be determined

Answer: b. 5 km/hr ; 1 km/hr

Explanation:

Man's/Boat's Speed = X
Stream/Current/River Speed = Y

∴ Downstream speed = X + Y
Upstream speed = X - Y

Downstream Speed

=

Distance covered

=

48

=

6 km/hr

Time taken

8

Upstream Speed

=

Distance covered

=

48

=

4 km/hr

Time taken

12

X+Y = 6 km/hr and X-Y = 4 km/hr

Adding them we get,
X+Y+X-Y = 10 km/hr

∴ X=5 km/hr = Speed of Boat
Y=6-5 = 1 km/hr = Speed of stream

3. To swim upstream English Channel, a swimmer takes twice the time he takes to swim downstream. His speed in still water is 12km/hr. Find the speed of the English Channel.

a. 3 km/hr
b. 4 km/hr
c. 6 km/hr
d. 8 km/hr

Answer: b. 4 km/hr

Explanation:

Man's/Boat's Speed = X
Stream/Current/River Speed = Y

∴ Downstream speed = X + Y
Upstream speed = X - Y

X+Y = (12+Y) km/hr and X-Y = (12-Y) km/hr

Let time taken downstream be T hours.
∴ Upstream time = 2 x T = 2T hours

Distance is same
∴ D=D
∴ (12+Y) x T = (12-Y) x 2T ∴ Y=4 km/hr = Speed of English Channel

4. Pramod's home and school are separated by a river. It takes him one hour to row to the school and come back. The river runs at a speed of 2.4 km/hr. Pramod's speed in still water is 12 km/hr. How far is the school from Pramod's home?

a. 3.6 km
b. 4.8 km
c. 5.76 km
d. 6.25 km

Answer: c. 5.76 km

Explanation:

Man's/Boat's Speed = X
Stream/Current/River Speed = Y

∴ D=5.76 km = The school is at this distance from Pramods's home.

5. While talking about a place to his friend Prashant said, "I could swim downstream to the place in 12 hours but while coming upstream it took 18 hours. The river was running at a speed of 6 km/hr." What is his speed in still water?

a. 12 km/hr
b. 24 km/hr
c. 30 km/hr
d. 36 km/hr

Answer: c. 30 km/hr

Explanation:

Man's/Boat's Speed = X
Stream/Current/River Speed = Y

∴ Downstream speed = X + Y
Upstream speed = X - Y

∴ X+Y = (X+6) km/hr and X-Y = (X-6) km/hr

Distance is same
∴ D=D
∴ (X+6) x 12 = (X-6) x 18 ∴ X=30 km/hr = Speed of Prashant