We have had a few e-mails lately asking for the formula to determine time/distance math problems.

Below is an example and the answer for these types of word problems.

Engine 39 from station 7 is responding to a dumpster fire traveling at 35 MPH. The dumpster is located exactly 7 miles away from the station, on the southwest corner of the city. How long would it take engine 39 to reach the dumpster?

Step one: 60 (always divide 60 by whatever the MPH are.) divided by 35 (speed in MPH) = 1.7

Step two: 1.7 is then multiplied by the distance traveled which in this case is 7 miles.

Answer= 11.9 minutes


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