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  • 1. A man can row upstream 10 kmph and downstream 20 kmph. Find the man rate in still water and rate of the stream.

    1. 0,5
    2. 5,5
    3. 15,5
    4. 10,5
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option C

    Explanation:

    Please remember,
    If a is rate downstream and b is rate upstream
    Rate in still water = 1/2(a+b)
    Rate of current = 1/2(a-b)

    => Rate in still water = 1/2(20+10) = 15 kmph
    => Rate of current = 1/2(20-10) = 5 kmph

  • 2. A man takes 3 hours 45 minutes to row a boat 15 km downstream of a river and 2 hours 30 minutes to cover a distance of 5 km upstream. Find the speed of the current.

    1. 1 km/hr
    2. 2 km/hr
    3. 3 km/hr
    4. 4 km/hr
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option A

    Explanation:

    First of all, we know that
    speed of current = 1/2(speed downstream - speed upstream) [important]

    So we need to calculate speed downstream and speed upstream first.

    Speed = Distance / Time [important]

    \begin{aligned}
    \text {Speed upstream =}\\ (\frac{15}{3\frac{3}{4}}) km/hr \\
    = 15 \times \frac{4}{15} = 4 km/hr \\

    \text{Speed Downstream = }
    (\frac{5}{2\frac{1}{2}}) km/hr \\
    = 5 \times \frac{2}{5} = 2 km/hr \\
    \text {So speed of current = } \frac{1}{2}(4-2) \\
    = 1 km/hr
    \end{aligned}

  • 3. In one hour, a boat goes 11km along the stream and 5 km against it. Find the speed of the boat in still water

    1. 6
    2. 7
    3. 8
    4. 9
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option C

    Explanation:

    We know we can calculate it by 1/2(a+b)

    => 1/2(11+5) = 1/2(16) = 8 km/hr

  • 4. A motorboat, whose speed in 15 km/hr in still water goes 30 km downstream and comes back in a total of 4 hours 30 minutes. The speed of the stream (in km/hr) is

    1. 2 km/hr
    2. 3 km/hr
    3. 4 km/hr
    4. 5 km/hr
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option D

    Explanation:

    Let the speed of the stream be x km/hr. Then,
    Speed downstream = (15 + x) km/hr,
    Speed upstream = (15 - x) km/hr

    So we know from question that it took 4(1/2)hrs to travel back to same point.

    So,
    \begin{aligned}
    \frac{30}{15+x} - \frac{30}{15-x} = 4\frac{1}{2} \\
    => \frac{900}{225 - x^2} = \frac{9}{2} \\
    => 9x^2 = 225 \\
    => x = 5 km/hr
    \end{aligned}

  • 5. If Rahul rows 15 km upstream in 3 hours and 21 km downstream in 3 hours, then the speed of the stream is

    1. 5 km/hr
    2. 4 km/hr
    3. 2 km/hr
    4. 1 km/hr
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option D

    Explanation:

    Rate upstream = (15/3) kmph
    Rate downstream (21/3) kmph = 7 kmph.
    Speed of stream (1/2)(7 - 5)kmph = 1 kmph

  • 6. A man can row \begin{aligned} 9\frac{1}{3} \end{aligned} kmph in still water and finds that it takes him thrice as much time to row up than as to row, down the same distance in the river. The speed of the current is.

    1. \begin{aligned} 3\frac{2}{3}kmph \end{aligned}
    2. \begin{aligned} 4\frac{2}{3}kmph \end{aligned}
    3. \begin{aligned} 5\frac{2}{3}kmph \end{aligned}
    4. \begin{aligned} 6\frac{2}{3}kmph \end{aligned}
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option B

    Explanation:

    Friends first we should analyse quickly that what we need to calculate and what values we require to get it.

    So here we need to get speed of current, for that we will need speed downstream and speed upstream, because we know
    Speed of current = 1/2(a-b) [important]

    Let the speed upstream = x kmph
    Then speed downstream is = 3x kmph [as per question]

    \begin{aligned}
    \text{speed in still water = } \frac{1}{2}(a+b) \\
    => \frac{1}{2}(3x+x) \\
    => 2x \\
    \text{ as per question we know, }\\
    2x = 9\frac{1}{3} \\
    => 2x = \frac{28}{3} => x = \frac{14}{3} \\
    \end{aligned}
    So,
    Speed upstream = 14/3 km/hr, Speed downstream 14 km/hr.
    Speed of the current \begin{aligned} =\frac{1}{2}[14 - \frac{14}{3}]\\
    = \frac{14}{3}
    = 4 \frac{2}{3} kmph \end{aligned}

  • 7. A man rows 750 m in 675 seconds against the stream and returns in 7 and half minutes. His rowing speed in still water is

    1. 4 kmph
    2. 5 kmph
    3. 6 kmph
    4. 7 kmph
    Answer And Explanation

    Answer: Option B

    Explanation:

    Rate upstream = (750/675) = 10/9 m/sec
    Rate downstream (750/450) m/sec = 5/3 m/sec
    Rate in still water = (1/2)*[(10/9) + (5/3)] m/sec.
    = 25/18 m/sec
    = (25/18)*(18/5) kmph
    = 5 kmph

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  • Akshay Kheral 3 years ago

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    mastguru 3 years ago replied

    Thank you Akshay for feedback !

  • Akshay Prabhu 4 years ago

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  • Dinesh 5 years ago

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    mastguru 5 years ago replied

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