**BOATS AND STREAMS QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE STUDY NOTES**

**FOR BANK AND SSC EXAM**

You know that quantitative
aptitude section is most important in **bank
exams in PO and** **Clerk** and for
other competitive exams because if you want good score in bank exam then you
have to score good in maths. In competitive exams the most important thing is
time management, if you know how to manage your time then you can do well in **Bank Exams.** That’s where maths shortcut
tricks and formula are comes into action. So continuously we are providing
shortcut tricks on different maths topics.

Today’s topic is **BOATS AND STREAMS;** this is the one of
the most important topics in quantitative aptitude section in Bank and SSC
exam. You should know how to calculate Boats and stream questions and answers
in very short time for bank exam. From this chapter around 1-2 questions are
given in the **SBI and IBPS exams. **For
this here we are providing shortcut tricks and **quicker method** to calculate BOATS AND STREAMS in very short time. We
also providing the theorems which are elaborate short trick formula’s for
stream boat.

**Introduction
to Boats and Streams**: Normally, by speed of the boat or swimmer we mean the speed of
the boat or swimmer in still water. If the boat ( or swimmer ) moves against
the stream then it is called upstream and if it moves with the stream, it is
called downstream.

If the speed of the boat (or the
swimmer) is x and if the speed of the stream is y then, while upstream the
effective speed of the boat = x – y and while downstream the effective speed of
the boat = x + y.

**Here
are the theorems and formula’s with short tricks for boats and streams:**

**Theorem 1:**

if
x km per hour be the man’s rate in still water, and y km per hour the rate of
the current. Then

**x + y = man’s rate with current**

**x – y = man’s rate against current.**

**Adding and subtracting and then dividing by 2.**

**x = ½ ( man’s rate with current + his rate against current)**

**y = ½ ( man’s rate with current – his rate against current)**

hence, we have the following two
facts:

(i)
A man’s rate in still water is half the sum of his rates with and
against the current.

(ii)
The rate of the current is half the difference between the rates
with and against the current.

**Ex. 1:** A man can row upstream at 10
km/hr and downstream at 16 km/hr. Find the man’s rate in still water and the
rate of the current.

**Solution:** Rate in still water = ½ (10 + 6)
= 13 km/hr

Rate of current = ½ (16 – 10) = 3
km/hr

**Ex. 2:** A man swims downstream 30 km
and upstream 18 km, taking 3 hrs each time. What is the velocity of current?

**Solution:** Man’s rate downstream = 30/3
km/hr = 10 km/hr

Man’s rate upstream = 18/3 km/hr
= 6 km/hr

Velocity of stream = (10 – 6) / 2

= 2 km/hr

**Ex. 3:** A man can row 6 km/hr in still
water. It takes him twice as long to row up as to row down the river. Find the
rate of the stream.

This
questions we can solve by three methods, we will discuss one by one;

**Solution:** **method 1:**

Let man’s rate upstream = x km/hr

Then, man’s rate downstream = 2x
km/hr

Man’s rate in still water = ½ (x
+ 2x) km/hr

3x/2 = 6

Or x = 4 km/hr

Thus, man’s rate upstream = 4 km/hr

Man’s rate downstream = 8 km/hr

Rate of stream = ½ (8 – 4) = 2
km/hr

**Method 2:**

We have,

Up rate + down rate = 2 * rate in
still water

= 2 * 6 = 12 km/hr

Also, up rate: down rate = 1:2

So, dividing 12 in in the ration
of 1: 2, we get

Up rate = 4 km/hr

Down rate = 8 km/hr

Rate of stream = 8 – 4 / 2

= 2 km/hr

**Method 3
(shortest Method):** let the rate of stream = x km/hr

Then,

6 + x = 2 (6-x)

Or, 3x = 6

X = 6/3 = 2 km/h

**Theorem 2: for boats and streams:**

A
man can row x km/hr in still water. If in a stream which is following at y
km/hr, it takes him z hrs to row to a place and back, the distance between the
two places is z(x^{2 }– y^{2 }) / 2x

**Proof:** man’s speed up stream = (x – y)
km/hr

Man’s speed downstream = (x + y )
km/hr

Let the required distance be ‘A’
km then

**Or, 2Ax / x**^{2} – y^{2} = z

**The required distance = z(x**^{2 }– y^{2}) / 2x

**Ex. 4:** A man can row 6 km/hr in still
water. When the river is running at 1.2 km/hr, it takes him 1 hour to row to a
place and back. How far is the place?

**Solution:** Man’s rate downstream = (6 +
1.2) km/hr = 7.2 km/hr

Man’s rate upstream = (6 – 1.2)
km/hr = 4.8 km/hr

Let the required distance be x
km. Then

x/7.2 + x/4.8 = 1

or 4.8x + 7.2x = 7.2 * 4.8

x = 7.2 * 4.8 / 12

= 2.88 km.

**By direct formula:** required distance = 1*(6^{2 }–
(1.2)^{2}) / 2*6

36 – 1.44 / 12

3 – 0.12

=2.88 km.

**Theorem 3: for boats and streams:**

A
man rows a certain distance downstream in x hours and returns the same distance
in y hrs. If the stream follows at the rate of z km/hr then the speed of the
man in still water is given by

**Z(x+y) / y-x km/hr.**

**Proof:** let the speed of the man in
still water be ‘m’ km/hr.

Then, his upstream speed = (m - z)
km/hr.

And downstream speed = (m + z)
km/hr/

Now, we are given that up and
down journey are equal, therefore x(m + z) = y(m – z)

Or, m(y-x) = z(x+y)

M = z(x + y) / y – x km/hr

**Ex. 5:** Ramesh can row a certain
distance downstream in 6 hours and return the same distance in 9 hours. If the
stream flows at the rate of 3 km per hour, find the speed of Ramesh in still
water.

**Solution: **

By the above formula: Ramesh’s
speed in still water = 3(9+6) / 9-6 km/hr.

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