During his morning commute to work in rush hour traffic, Justin's average speed was 30 mi/h. During his afternoon commute back home along the same route, his average speed was 60 mi/h. What was his average speed for the entire round trip?
Okay, so I figured that you would have the same distance right?
So all you need to do is take an average of 30, and 60???
Which is 45???
Could somebody check my work?
Not quite, Tom......
The average rate = 2 * product of the rates 2 * 30 * 60 3600
____________________ = ___________ = _____ = 40 mph
sum of the rates 30 + 60 90
P.S.....I can prove this if you want.....
OK ....call the distance one way, D
So....the round trip = 2D
The time one way is D /30
The time back is D /60
So.....the average rate = Total Distance 2D
____________ = ____________
Total Time D/30 + D/60
If you simplify this.....you should get 40 mph