# Two boats leave a port at the same time, one going north, the other traveling south. The northbound boat travel 18 mph faster than the southbound boat. If the southbound boat is traveling at 52 mph, how long will it be before they are 1586 miles apart?

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Sep 21, 2017

Southbound boat speed is 52mph.

Northbound boat speed is 52 + 18 = 70mph.

Since distance is speed x time let time =

Then:

solving for

Check:

Southbound (13)(52) = 676

Northbound (13)(70) = 910

676 + 910 = 1586