Two motor boats began speeding toward one another at the same time from opposite shores of a river. Upon reaching the opposing shore, each motor boat immediately reversed course and headed back to his original shore. In so doing, the motor boats passed each other twice. The first time they crossed, they were 700 feet from one shore of the river; the second time, they were 300 feet from the opposite shore. Assuming each boat traveled with constant speed, and neglecting any influence of river current, how wide is the river?

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This one isn't too hard, but is a fun exercise.

Two motor boats began speeding toward one another at the same time from opposite shores of a river. Upon reaching the opposing shore, each motor boat immediately reversed course and headed back to his original shore. In so doing, the motor boats passed each other twice. The first time they crossed, they were 700 feet from one shore of the river; the second time, they were 300 feet from the opposite shore. Assuming each boat traveled with constant speed, and neglecting any influence of river current, how wide is the river?

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