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Here it is obvious, that qr must be greater than ps, else the problem is impoffible; for then the value of x would either be infinite or negative. This limitation appears also from the nature of the question, as

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the second courier must travel at a greater rate than the firft, in order to overtake him. For the rate of the firit courier is to the rate

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