How much time elapses before the two cars collide? - ProProfs Discuss
Topics
More
Products
More

# How much time elapses before the two cars collide?

Two cars, A and B, are 400 meters apart. Car A travels due east at 30 meters per second on a collision course with car B which travels due west at 20 meters per second.

Asked by Priya_hemika, Last updated: Sep 23, 2020

#### H. Barnes

Subscribe to Pewdiepie

H. Barnes, Unemployed, Barnes, Atlanta

The correct answer to this question is If two cars are 400 meters apart and a collision occurs while one is traveling east at 30 meters per second and the other is traveling west at 20 meters per second, you would need to solve for x to find out how much time elapsed before the two cars collided.

To do this, you would multiply one speed of 30 by the time of x to the other speed of 20 to the time of x to equal the distance of 400 meters. When you add the 30x and the 20x, you get 50x. You would then need to divide 400 by 50 to get x which equals 8 seconds.

30x+20x=400 where x equals the number of seconds and 400 is the amount both cars need to travel to collide (Since they are apart 400 meters)

50x=400

x=8, therefore, 8 seconds will pass before the two cars collide

#### yarikluchko

Yarikluchko

30x+20x=400 where x equals the number of seconds and 400 is the amount both cars need to travel to collide (Since they are apart 400 meters)

50x=400

x=8, therefore, 8 seconds will pass before the two cars collide