A gold mine has two​ elevators, one for equipment and another for the miners. The equipment elevator descends 5 feet per second. The elevator for the miners descends 17 feet per second. One​ day, the equipment elevator begins to descend. After 26 ​seconds, the elevator for the miners begins to descend. What is the position of each elevator relative to the surface after another 16 ​seconds? At that​ time, which elevator is​ deeper?

Accepted Solution

5x26=130 5x16=80130+80=210-210 feet = the equipment elevators position after 32 seconds17x16=272-272 feet = the miners elevators position after 32 secondsThe miners elevator is deeper. The answers are negatives due to the position being relative to the surface.