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Topic: Fly problem, alternative solution?
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de Valmont

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Registered: 12/12/04
Re: Fly problem, alternative solution?
Posted: Feb 8, 1997 2:30 PM
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> Sure. I'll set the problem up, and you can finish it.
> Pick one of the trains as you reference point, and draw
> the graphs T(t), and f(t). T(t) is the train's distance from you
> versus time, and f(t) is the fly's versus time. Find the distance
> the fly travels in the first cycle, from your train to the other
> and back to you, call it D1. Because of the constant speeds in
> the problem, the graphs of T(t) is a negative-sloped line from
> (0,T(0)) to (tf,0). The graph of f(t) is an infinite series
> of similar triangles. From the parameters of the problem you can
> find a proportionality constant that relates
> the distance of the second cycle, D2, to D1. D2=cD1.
> So the total distance the fly travels is sum(n=1,oo)D1*c^n.

Yes, I have managed to solve it. It is simple:

s1*SUM(C^n,n=1,oo) where C = V1/V2 (If you have one train as a refernece


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