# SOLUTION: A boat travel 30 miles upstream against the current in the same amount of time it take to travel 42 miles downstream with the current. If the rate of the current is 4MPH, what is

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 Question 224610: A boat travel 30 miles upstream against the current in the same amount of time it take to travel 42 miles downstream with the current. If the rate of the current is 4MPH, what is the rate of the boat in still water?Answer by checkley77(12569)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!d=rt or t=d/r t=30/(r-4) t=42/(t+4) Since the times are equal then: 30/(r-4)=42/(r+4) 42(r-4)=30(r+4) 42r-168=30r+120 42r-30r=120+168 12r=288 r=288/12 r=24 mph. is the boat's speed in still water. Proof: 30/(24-4)=42/(24+4) 30/20=42/28 1.5=1.5