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The Bikes and The Bee

Two bikes are traveling toward each other at a constant speed of 10 mph. When the bikes are 20 miles apart, a bee flies from the front wheel of one of the bikes toward the other bike at a constant speed of 25 mph. As soon as it reaches the front wheel of the other bike, it immediately turns around and flies at 25 mph toward the first bike. It continues this pattern until the two bikes smush the bee between the two front tires.

How far did the bee travel?

25 miles.

The easiest way to think about this is to consider the time. The bikes will take 1 hour to touch, given that they start 20 miles apart and are each traveling toward each other at 10 mph.

Therefore the bee is buzzing back and forth at 25 mph for 1 hour.


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2 Comments on "The Bikes and The Bee"


kelechi says
May 20, 2016 @ 12:00

25 miles


froggie123 says
May 24, 2016 @ 01:56

ohhh… now i understand. Good one, Dan!


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