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Calculating the Flow Rate in Different Scenarios

1. Upstream, downstream: Junior’s boat will go 15 miles per hour in still water. If he can go 12 miles downstream in the same amount of time as it takes to go 9 miles upstream, then what is the speed of the current?

2. Big plane: A six-passenger plane cruises at 180 mph in calm air. If the plane flies 7 miles with the wind in the same amount of time as it flies 5 miles against the wind, then what is the wind speed?

3. Filling a tank: A water tank has an inlet pipe and a drain pipe. A full tank can be emptied in 30 minutes if the drain is opened and an empty tank can be filled in 45 minutes with the inlet pipe opened. If both pipes are accidentally opened when the tank is full, then how long will it take to empty the tank?

Solution Summary

This solution is comprised of a detailed, step by step response, including all calculations and required equations to solve for the net flow rate in the different scenarios presented. The solution is provided in an attached Word document.