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Question from jason, a student:

The speed of Jason is 12 times faster than everyone. The speed of Jason is 108mph. Write the equation and solve to find the speed of everyone else.

Hi Jason,

As I just commented in a similar question the problem might be the poor English in the wording of this problem. It should say

The speed of Jason is 12 times as fast as everyone.

This says that if everyone else travels at $s$ mph then Jason travels at $12 \times s$ mph which is 108 mph. Solve for $s.$


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