Speed of the Water Current

Problem
A boat going upstream takes 1.5 times longer than going the same distance downstream. If the water current in the river is 8 kph, calculate the speed of the boat in still water.

A.   30 kph C.   40 kph
B.   50 kph D.   20 kph

 

Problem
In still water, your small boat averages 8 miles per hour. It takes you the same amount of time to travel 15 miles downstream, with the current, as 9 miles upstream, against the current. What is the rate of water's current?

A.   4 miles/hr C.   2 miles/hr
B.   3 miles/hr D.   5 miles/hr

 

 
 
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