Two trains of equal length, running in opposite directions, pass a pole in 18 and 12 seconds. The trains will cross each other in ?

Answer : A. 14.4 sec

Two trains of equal length, running in opposite directions, pass a pole in 18 and 12 seconds. The trains will cross each other in ?

A. 14.4 sec

B. 15.5 sec

C. 18.8 sec

D. 20.2 sec

Answer : A. 14.4 sec

Explanation :

Let length of each train be x meter.
Then, speed of 1st train = x/18 m/sec
Speed of 2nd train = x/12 m/sec

Now, When both trains cross each other, time taken
= [ 2x/((x / 18 ) + (x / 12)) ] = 2x / [(2x + 3x) / 36] = 2x * 36 / 5x
= 72 / 5
= 14.4 seconds.

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