# SOLUTION: Jake and Elmer leave New york traveling Southwest at a rate of 50 mph. 2 hours later, the highway police leaves New york traveling in the same direction. At the rate of 75 mph . Ho

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 Question 628792: Jake and Elmer leave New york traveling Southwest at a rate of 50 mph. 2 hours later, the highway police leaves New york traveling in the same direction. At the rate of 75 mph . How many hours will it take the police to catch Jake and Elmer?Answer by richwmiller(9143)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!In those two hours, Jake and Elmer have traveled 100 miles. The cops are traveling 25 mph faster. It will take 4 hours for the cops to catch up. Another way: 50(x+2)=75x 50x+100=75x 100=25x 4=x