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Question from Abigaíl, a student:

Romeo and Juliet live 40 miles apart. Romeo jogs 8mph, while Juliet "fast walks" at 4mph. They leave their houses at the same time and journey toward each other.
a) How many hours after they start will they meet?
b) Approximately how many miles from Romeo's house is their meeting point?

I have totally forgotten how to solve this type of problem. Help?

Hi Abigaíl,

Romeo jogs at 8 mph and Juliet "fast walks" at 4 mph. When they start they are 40 miles apart. How fast is the distance between them decreasing? At this rate how long will it take for the distance to decrease to 0 miles? At 40 mph how far will Romeo walk in this time?

I hope this helps,

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