1. A light plane flew from its home base to an airport 255 miles away. With the head wind, the trip took 1.7 hours. The return trip with a tail wind took 1.5 hours. Find the average airspeed of the plane and the average windspeed.
Assuming the speed of plane is x and the speed of wind is y.
So according to the description,
1.7 (x-y)=255 (1)
1.5 (x+y)=255 (2)
Equation 1 could be simplified as x-y=150
Equation 2 could be simplified as x+y=170
The addition of the two equations above is 2x=320, x=160
Input x=160 to x-y=150, y=x-150=10
So average airspeed of the plane is 160 miles/hour, and the average windspeed is 10 miles/hour.
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