Aptitude - Boats and Streams

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Exercise :: Boats and Streams - General Questions

1.

A boat can travel with a speed of 13 km/hr in still water. If the speed of the stream is 4 km/hr, find the time taken by the boat to go 68 km downstream.

 A. 2 hours B. 3 hours C. 4 hours D. 5 hours

Explanation:

Speed downstream = (13 + 4) km/hr = 17 km/hr.

 Time taken to travel 68 km downstream = 68 hrs = 4 hrs. 17

2.

A man's speed with the current is 15 km/hr and the speed of the current is 2.5 km/hr. The man's speed against the current is:

 A. 8.5 km/hr B. 9 km/hr C. 10 km/hr D. 12.5 km/hr

Explanation:

Man's rate in still water = (15 - 2.5) km/hr = 12.5 km/hr.

Man's rate against the current = (12.5 - 2.5) km/hr = 10 km/hr.

3.

A boat running upstream takes 8 hours 48 minutes to cover a certain distance, while it takes 4 hours to cover the same distance running downstream. What is the ratio between the speed of the boat and speed of the water current respectively?

 A. 2 : 1 B. 3 : 2 C. 8 : 3 D. Cannot be determined E. None of these

Explanation:

Let the man's rate upstream be x kmph and that downstream be y kmph.

Then, distance covered upstream in 8 hrs 48 min = Distance covered downstream in 4 hrs.

 x x 8 4 = (y x 4) 5

 44 x =4y 5

 y = 11 x. 5

 Required ratio = y + x : y - x 2 2

 = 16x x 1 : 6x x 1 5 2 5 2

 = 8 : 3 5 5

= 8 : 3.

4.

A motorboat, whose speed in 15 km/hr in still water goes 30 km downstream and comes back in a total of 4 hours 30 minutes. The speed of the stream (in km/hr) is:

 A. 4 B. 5 C. 6 D. 10

Explanation:

Let the speed of the stream be x km/hr. Then,

Speed downstream = (15 + x) km/hr,

Speed upstream = (15 - x) km/hr.

 30 + 30 = 4 1 (15 + x) (15 - x) 2

 900 = 9 225 - x2 2

9x2 = 225

x2 = 25

x = 5 km/hr.

Video Explanation: https://youtu.be/lMFnNB3YQOo

5.

In one hour, a boat goes 11 km/hr along the stream and 5 km/hr against the stream. The speed of the boat in still water (in km/hr) is:

 A. 3 km/hr B. 5 km/hr C. 8 km/hr D. 9 km/hr

Explanation:

 Speed in still water = 1 (11 + 5) kmph = 8 kmph. 2

Video Explanation: https://youtu.be/KQX_mA3tcVA