# OT: Math question

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• posted on March 29, 2010, 5:47 pm

Well, not exactly OT. Suppose the average human walks 3 miles per hour. How long would it take to walk 700 feet from the front of one's property to the rear?
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 6:06 pm
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Yeah, it really is OT; what's this, homework? The answer is 0.04 Hours. You can convert it to minutes-Seconds on your own.
Just cross multiply in both cases.
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 7:08 pm
Twayne wrote the following:

I'm 72 years old.. My math has always, and still sucks. It was a simple question (but not for me) I didn't need the comment.

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• posted on March 29, 2010, 9:33 pm
willshak wrote:

Just think it through...
One mile = 5280 feet
Three mph = (5280 *3) = 15,840 feet
There are 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute so there are 3600 seconds per hour
To get feet per second, divide 15840 by 3600 = 4.4 feet per second at 3 MPH
700 feet / 4.4 seconds = 159 seconds plus change to go 700' at 3 MPH
159 seconds = 2 minutes 39 seconds
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 8:44 pm

involved. :-0
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In Hamptonburgh, NY
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 9:39 pm
Two minutes and some. I went about it differently, but it worked out about the same.
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• posted on March 30, 2010, 3:17 am
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• posted on March 30, 2010, 4:16 pm

3 x 5280 per mile = 15840 feet per hour. Divided by 60 = 264 feet per minute. For 700 feet 700/264 = 2.651515 minutes. That's 2 minutes plus 0.651515 x 60 secs. Or 2 mins. 39 (and a little tiny bit around one tenth of) seconds. But after all we are not timing the luge run of the Vancouver Olympics in 100ths) eh? It's also the nature of the interesting and interested people who inhabit these news groups that there will be 'gratuitous' comments. A news group is not an 'Information Service' but a forum of persons who are concerned enough to respond to other's questions. My appreciation to all who have ever responded to my various enquiries. Even if negative and critical comments, always helpful. Maybe a f good thing, once in a while for someone to tell you, "Get a life!". Thanks folks.
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• posted on March 31, 2010, 8:45 pm
On 3/29/2010 11:08 AM willshak spake thus:

You know, this isn't really even math, just basic arithmetic.
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 9:34 pm
Twayne wrote:

He'd get the wrong answer if he did.
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 9:39 pm
We have our different skills. My math was good, but other things are lacking.
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 6:15 pm

(700 / (3 x 5280)) x 60 = 2.65 minutes. (2 minutes, 39 seconds)
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 7:09 pm
Frank Warner wrote the following:

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Bill
In Hamptonburgh, NY
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 6:29 pm
willshak wrote:

Depends on how many gates, kids' toys and bicycles, etc., are in the way...
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 7:10 pm
dpb wrote the following:

I moved them all out of the way, included demolishing the shed that was in the way. :-).
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Bill
In Hamptonburgh, NY
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• posted on April 1, 2010, 11:05 pm
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Now you have to get by the policeman asking to see your demolition permit.
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 6:42 pm

Future reference-
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 7:11 pm
gpsman wrote the following:

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• posted on March 29, 2010, 9:37 pm
700 / 5280 tells us that the distance is 0.1325 miles
0.1325 miles / 3 miles per hour tell us the time is 0.04419
Multiply by 60 minutes gives 2.65 minutes
(if I did all this correctly).
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• posted on March 29, 2010, 10:07 pm
This is NOT an answer to the gentleman's question about walking the length of his lot, but might be handy for some who need to quickly solve a simple equation. I'll use the real estate version of it for the example, but it is just as handy for Ohm's Law or any other simple equation.
In Real Estate appraisal, there is a very simple equation where the (V)alue of a property equals its (I)ncome / capitalization Rate.
That can be expressed as V=I/R I=R*V or R=I/V Many of the appraisal folk are not that skilled in even the simplest algebra, so they need tools to help them convert between Income, Value and the cap Rate. To do this, we teach them "IRV." Hopefully, this will appear correctly on your screen. If not, just follow the directions.
Draw a circle on a piece of paper and then draw a horizontal line across the circle from the 9:00 position to the 3:00 position. Then, draw a vertical line from the center of the circle to the 6:00 position. In the top half of the circle, write I. In the lower left quadrant, write R and the lower right quadrant gets a V. To solve for any variable, merely cover the item up with your finger. Covering R, for instance, you have I/V remaining. Covering V, you have I/R and finally, by covering I you have R and V.
For Ohm's law E= I*R (Voltage = Current * Resistance) Therefore E goes in the upper half of the circle, with I and R occupying the two bottom quadrants. Covering E with your finger gives you I and R to multiply. Covering R, you have E/I and finally covering I gives you E/R. This also works, obviously with P= E*I (Power = Voltage * Current)
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