A motor boat whose speed is 24 km/h in still water takes 1 hour more to go 32 km upstream than to return downstream to the same spot. Find the speed of the stream. - Mathematics

A motor boat whose speed is 24 km/h in still water takes 1 hour more to go 32 km upstream than to return downstream to the same spot. Find the speed of the stream.

Solution

Let the speed of the stream be s km/h.

Speed of the motor boat 24 km / h

Speed of the motor boat upstream 24 s

Speed of the motor boat downstream 24 s

According to the given condition

32/(24-s)-32/(24+s)=1

∴ 32(1/(24-s)-1/(24+s))=1

∴ 32((24+s-24+s)/(576-s^2))=1

∴ 32 x 2s = 576 - s2

∴ s2 + 64s-576 = 0

∴ (s+72)(s-8) = 0

∴  s = -72 or s = 8

Since, speed of the stream cannot be negative, the speed of the stream is 8 km / h.

Concept: Pair of Linear Equations in Two Variables
Is there an error in this question or solution?