**Solution:**
The hare and the tortoise are together covering the distance at 8 miles per hour (i.e., on adding their speeds).

So, they will cover the distance of 40 miles in 5 hours.

Thus, in 5 hours, they will meet and the hare will have traveled 35 miles.

**Alternative Solution through Equations:**
Note that : Distance = Speed × Time

Let

*t* be the time before the hare and the tortoise meet.

In

*t* hours, the hare will travel 7

*t* miles.

In

*t* hours, the tortoise will travel 1

*t* miles.

Now,

7

*t* + 1

*t* = 40

So,

*t* = 40 ⁄ 8 = 5 hours.

Thus, distance traveled by hare before meeting = 7 × 5 = 35 miles.

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