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Two persons are walking beside a railway track at respective speeds of $2$ and $4$ km per hour in the same direction. A train came from behind them and crossed them in $90$ and $100$ seconds, respectively. The time, in seconds, taken by the train to cross an electric post is nearest to

1. $87$
2. $82$
3. $75$
4. $78$

## 1 Answer

Let, the length of the train $= \text{L meter}$

Speed of the train $= \text{S m/sec}$

Now, we know that $\boxed{\text{Speed} = \frac{\text{Distance}}{\text{Time}}}$

$\Rightarrow {\text{Time} = \frac{\text{Distance}}{\text{Speed}}}$

So, $\frac{\text{L}}{\text{S} – 2 \times \frac{5}{18}} = 90$

$\Rightarrow \frac{\text{L}}{\text{S} - \frac{5}{9}} = 90 \quad \longrightarrow (1)$

And, $\frac{\text{L}}{\text{S} – 4 \times \frac{5}{18}} = 100$

$\Rightarrow \frac{\text{L}}{\text{S} - \frac{10}{9}} = 100 \quad \longrightarrow (2)$

Divide equation $(1)$ by equation $(2),$ we get,

$\Rightarrow \frac{ \frac{\text{L}}{\text{S} – \frac{5}{9}}} {\frac{\text{L}}{\text{S} – \frac{10}{9}}} = \frac{90}{100}$

$\Rightarrow \frac{\text{L}}{ \left( \frac{9 \text{S}-5}{9} \right)} \times \frac{ \left( \frac{9 \text{S} – 10}{9} \right)}{\text{L}} = \frac{9}{10}$

$\Rightarrow \frac{9 \text{S} – 10}{9 \text{S} – 5} = \frac{9}{10}$

$\Rightarrow 90 \text{S} – 100 = 81 \text{S} – 45$

$\Rightarrow 9 \text{S} = 55$

$\Rightarrow \boxed{\text{S} = \frac{55}{9} \; \text{m/sec}}$

$\Rightarrow \frac{1}{ \left( \frac{55}{9} – \frac{5}{9} \right)} = 90 \quad [ \because \text{ From equation (1)}]$

$\Rightarrow \frac{\text{L}}{ \frac{50}{9}} = 90$

$\Rightarrow \text{L} = 90 \times \frac{50}{9}$

$\Rightarrow \boxed{\text{L} = 500 \; \text{m}}$

$\therefore$ The time is taken by the train to cross an electric post $= \frac{\text{L}}{\text{S}}$

$\qquad = \frac{500}{ \left( \frac{55}{9} \right)}$

$\qquad = \frac{500}{55} \times 9$

$\qquad = \frac{4500}{55}$

$\qquad = 81.8181 \; \text{sec}$

$\qquad \simeq 82 \; \text{sec}.$

Correct Answer$: \text{B}$
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