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Question 4 the day : May 4, 2004
The question for the day is from the topic speed, time and distance and is about finding the distance covered by a train while crossing a stationary object whose length is comparable to the length of the train.
Question
A train traveling at 72 kmph crosses a platform in 30 seconds and a man standing on the platform in 18 seconds. What is the length of the platform in meters?
 240 meters
 360 meters
 420 meters
 600 meters
Correct Answer is 240 metres . Choice (1) is right.
Explanatory Answer
When the train crosses a man standing on a platform, the distance covered by the train is equal to the length of the train.
However, when the same train crosses a platform, the distance covered by the train is equal to the length of the train plus the length of the platform.
The extra time that the train takes when crossing the platform is on account of the extra distance that it has to cover = length of the platform.
Therefore, length of the platform = speed of train * extra time taken to cross the platform
Length of platform = 72 kmph * 12 seconds
Converting 72 kmph into m/sec, we get 72 kmph = = 20 m/sec
Therefore, length of the platform = 20 * 12 = 240 meters.
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