Boats and Streams Questions

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The current of a stream at 1 kmph. A motor boat goes 35 km upstream and back to the starting point in 12 hours. The speed of the motor boat in still water is ?

A) 8 kmph B) 6 kmph
C) 7.5 kmph D) 5.5 kmph
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) 6 kmph

Explanation:

Speed of the stream = 1
Motor boat speed in still water be = x kmph
Down Stream = x + 1 kmph
Up Stream = x - 1 kmph
[35/(x + 1)] + [35/(x - 1)] = 12
x = 6 kmph

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A man went downstream for 28 km in a motor boat and immediately returned. It took the man twice as long to make the return trip. If the speed of the river flow were twice as high, the trip downstream and back would take 672 minutes. Find the speed of the boat in still water and the speed of the river flow.

A) 12 km/hr, 3 km/hr B) 9 km/hr, 3 km/hr
C) 8 km/hr, 2 km/hr D) 9 km/hr, 6 km/hr
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) 9 km/hr, 3 km/hr

Explanation:

Let the speed of the boat = p kmph

Let the speed of the river flow = q kmph

From the given data,

2 x 28p + q = 28p - q

 

=> 56p - 56q -28p - 28q = 0

=> 28p = 84q

=> p = 3q.

Now, given that if

283q + 2q + 283q - 2q = 67260=> 285q + 28q = 67260=> q = 3 kmph=> x  =3q = 9 kmph

 

Hence, the speed of the boat = p kmph = 9 kmph and the speed of the river flow = q kmph = 3 kmph.

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A man can row 6 kmph in still water. When the river is running at 1.2 kmph, it takes him 1 hour to row to a place and back. What is the total distance traveled by the man ?

A) 4.58 kms B) 6.35 kms
C) 5.76 kms D) 5.24 kms
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: C) 5.76 kms

Explanation:

Speed in still water = 6 kmph

Stream speed = 1.2 kmph

Down stream  = 7.2 kmph

Up Stream = 4.8 kmph

x/7.2 + x/4.8 = 1

x = 2.88

Total Distance  = 2.88 x 2 = 5.76 kms

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A boat sails 15 km of a river towards upstream in 5 hours. How long will it take to cover the same distance downstream, if the speed of current is one-fourth the speed of the boat in still water:

A) 1.8h B) 3h
C) 4h D) 5h
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) 3h

Explanation:

Upstream speed = B-S

Downstream speed = B+s

B-S = 15/5 = 3 km/h

Again          B= 4S

Therefore    B-S = 3= 3S

=>             S = 1 and B= 4 km/h

Therefore    B+S = 5km/h

Therefore, Time during downstream = 15/5 = 3h

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A boy can swim in still water at 4.5 km/h, but takes twice as long to swim upstream than downstream. The speed of the stream is ?

A) 1.8 kmph B) 2 kmph
C) 2.2 kmph D) 1.5 kmph
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: D) 1.5 kmph

Explanation:

Speed of Boy is B = 4.5 kmph

Let the speed of the stream is S = x kmph

Then speed in Down Stream = 4.5 + x

speed in Up Stream = 4.5 - x

As the distance is same,

=> 4.5 + x = (4.5 - x)2

=> 4.5 + x = 9 -2x

3x = 4.5

x = 1.5 kmph

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A boat takes 19 hours for travelling downstream from point A to point B and coming back to a point C which is at midway between A and B. If the velocity of the stream is 4 kmph and the speed of the boat in still water is 14 kmph, what is the distance between A and B ? 

A) 180 km B) 160 km
C) 140 km D) 120 km
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) 180 km

Explanation:

Speed in downstream = (14 + 4) km/hr = 18 km/hr;

Speed in upstream = (14 – 4) km/hr = 10 km/hr.

Let the distance between A and B be x km. Then,

x/18 + (x/2)/10 = 19 ⇔ x/18 + x/20 = 19 ⇒ x = 180 km.

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A boatman can row 3 km against the stream in 20 minutes and return in 18 minutes. Find the rate of current ?

A) 1/3 kmph B) 2/3 kmph
C) 1/4 kmph D) 1/2 kmph
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: D) 1/2 kmph

Explanation:

Speed in upstream = Distance / Time = 3 x 60/20 = 9 km/hr.

Speed in downstream = 3 x 60/18 = 10 km/hr

Rate of current = (10-9)/2 = 1/2 km/hr.

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A motor boat takes 12 hours to go downstream and it takes 24 hours to return  the same distance. what is the time taken by  boat in still water?

A) 15 h B) 16 h
C) 8 h D) 20 h
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) 16 h

Explanation:

If t1 and t2 are the upstream and down stream times. Then time taken in still water is given by 

2×t1×t2t1+t2=2×12×2436=16h

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