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Writing Equations from Word Problems : Speed and Distance

A pilot flies from Toledo to Chicago, which lies 280 mi directly west. Her plane can fly at 120 mi/hr. She ignores the wind and heads directly west. However, there is a 25 mi/hr wind blowing from the south.

a) Write the equation that describes the effect of the wind
b) Write the equation that describes the plane's contribution to motion
c) How far off course is the plane when it has traveled 280 mi west?
d) How far has the plane actually traveled?
e) How fast did she actually travel?

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Writing Equations from Word Problems (Speed and Distance) is investigated.

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