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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## John traveled the entire 60 miles trip. If he did the... tagged by: AAPL ##### This topic has 4 expert replies and 3 member replies ### Top Member ## John traveled the entire 60 miles trip. If he did the... John traveled the entire 60 miles tirp. if he did the first 12 miles of a constant rate 24 miles per hour and the remaining trip of a constant rate 48 miles per hour, what is the his average speed, in miles per hour? A. 20 mph B. 24 mph C. 30 mph D. 32 mph E. 40 mph The OA is E. Is there a strategic approach to this PS question? Can any experts help, please? I know that average speed will be, total distance / total time, but i don't know how can I do or how can I solve this question. I need your help. Thanks! ### GMAT/MBA Expert Legendary Member Joined 14 Jan 2015 Posted: 2667 messages Followed by: 122 members Upvotes: 1153 GMAT Score: 770 AAPL wrote: John traveled the entire 60 miles tirp. if he did the first 12 miles of a constant rate 24 miles per hour and the remaining trip of a constant rate 48 miles per hour, what is the his average speed, in miles per hour? A. 20 mph B. 24 mph C. 30 mph D. 32 mph E. 40 mph The OA is E. Is there a strategic approach to this PS question? Can any experts help, please? I know that average speed will be, total distance / total time, but i don't know how can I do or how can I solve this question. I need your help. Thanks! Well, you could do the math. First part of trip: it'll take 1/2 hour to go 12 miles at 24 mph. Second part of trip: There are 60-12 = 48miles remaining. It'll take 1 hour to cover those 48 miles at 48mph. Total distance:60 Total time: 1/2 + 1 = 1/5 hours Avg rate: 60/1.5 = 40 mph. The answer is E _________________ Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor Veritas Prep Reviews Save$100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course

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John traveled the entire 60 miles tirp. if he did the first 12 miles of a constant rate 24 miles per hour and the remaining trip of a constant rate 48 miles per hour, what is the his average speed, in miles per hour?

A. 20 mph
B. 24 mph
C. 30 mph
D. 32 mph
E. 40 mph

The OA is E.

Is there a strategic approach to this PS question? Can any experts help, please?

I know that average speed will be, total distance / total time, but i don't know how can I do or how can I solve this question. I need your help. Thanks!
But you can see that if John spent the same amount of time traveling at 24mph and at 48mph, he'd have traveled at (24 + 48)/2 = 72/2 = 36 mph. So long as you see that he spent more time traveling at 48mph than at 24 mph, we know his average would have been pulled towards the faster speed, and thus that average would to be greater than 36 mph. Only E works.

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