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# Two trains running in opposite directions cross a man standing on the platform in 27 seconds and 17 seconds respectively and they cross each other in 23 seconds. The ratio of their speeds is:

A. 1 : 3

B. 3 : 2

C. 3 : 4

D. None of these

\eqalign{ & {\text{Let}}\,{\text{the}}\,{\text{speeds}}\,{\text{of}}\,{\text{the}}\,{\text{two}}\,{\text{trains}}\,{\text{be}}\,x\,{\text{m/sec}} \cr & {\text{and}}\,y\,{\text{m/sec}}\,{\text{respectively}}. \cr & {\text{Then,}}\,{\text{length}}\,{\text{of}}\,{\text{the}}\,{\text{first}}\,{\text{train}} = 27x\,{\text{metres}}, \cr & {\text{and}}\,{\text{length}}\,{\text{of}}\,{\text{the}}\,{\text{second}}\,{\text{train}} = 17y\,{\text{metres}}. \cr & \therefore \frac{{27x + 17y}}{{x + y}} = 23 \cr & \Rightarrow 27x + 17y = 23x + 23y \cr & \Rightarrow 4x = 6y \cr & \Rightarrow \frac{x}{y} = \frac{3}{2} \cr}