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Distance Rate Time Formula Memorization Shortcut

When working on Distance-Rate-Time questions, you will inevitably use one of the following three formulas.

1. Distance = (Rate)(Time)

2. Rate = Distance/Time

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3. Time = Distance/Rate

Did you know that there’s a quick and easy shortcut for recalling all three formulas?

The shortcut is similar to some of the shortcuts you learned in highschool science. It looks like this:  D/RT (aka, the “DiRT” shortcut).  As you may have guessed, D = distance, R = rate, and T = time.

Can you see all three formulas hiding in the simple fraction D/RT?

Here’s how it works. Let’s say, you need to recall the formula for finding the time it takes to complete a certain trip. Simply take the fraction D/RT and remove the T (for time). This leaves you with D/R. In other words, Time = Distance/Rate.

Similarly, if you need to recall the formula for finding the rate (speed), simply take the fraction D/RT and remove the R (for rate). This leaves you with D/T. In other words, Rate = Distance/Time.

Finally, if you need to recall the formula for finding the distance, take the fraction D/RT and remove the D (for distance). This leaves you with RT. In other words, Distance = (Rate)(Time).

So, instead of memorizing 3 formulas, just remember DiRT, which stands for D/RT.

 

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