06-15-2006, 04:47 PM

I have two word problems that I dont have any examples on how to set them up.

The first states that Pat by himself, can paint four rooms in 10 hours. If he hires April to help, they can do the same job together in 6 hours. If he lets April work alone, how long will it take her to paint four rooms.

I almost feel like I dont have enough information to set this problem up, but Im sure there is a way. Any help would be appreciated.

The next states that two cars enter the Florida turnpike at Commercial Boulevard at 8:00am, heading for same destination. One cars avg. speed is 10 miles per hour more than the other's. The fastest car arrives at 1100am, 1/2 hour before the other car. What is the average speed of each and how far did each travel?

Im thinking I should either set the equation as 2x+10=390, but someone else told me it might be 210x=(x+10)180. Im having a lot of trouble figuring out exactly where to start on these problems. Thanks in advance.

The first states that Pat by himself, can paint four rooms in 10 hours. If he hires April to help, they can do the same job together in 6 hours. If he lets April work alone, how long will it take her to paint four rooms.

I almost feel like I dont have enough information to set this problem up, but Im sure there is a way. Any help would be appreciated.

The next states that two cars enter the Florida turnpike at Commercial Boulevard at 8:00am, heading for same destination. One cars avg. speed is 10 miles per hour more than the other's. The fastest car arrives at 1100am, 1/2 hour before the other car. What is the average speed of each and how far did each travel?

Im thinking I should either set the equation as 2x+10=390, but someone else told me it might be 210x=(x+10)180. Im having a lot of trouble figuring out exactly where to start on these problems. Thanks in advance.