Puzzles & Games Bumble bee & the bikes-Solved

Discussion in 'Puzzles & Games' started by helenheaven, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    2 Bicycles are 20 kms apart. They each start heading towards each other at 10kms per hour. There is a bumble bee on one of the bikes. When they start, the bumble bee flys at 20km per hour to the other bike and then back again and so on, until the 2 bikes have reached each other. How far does the bumble bee fly?


    [Edited on 11-21-2004 by pineappleupsidedown]
     
  2. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Almost this exact question was published in my newspaper, so i wont post the answer. Where did you get this from though?

    ---pineapple
     
  3. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    If I say where someone might look it up...but they can if they wish....

    I got it via google....pages from New Zealand :)
     
  4. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    I just saw this in a book about a famous number theorist (Paul Erdos) . The answer can be infinitely long to solve numerically , or very short if common sense is used .

    I won't post the answer either , but everyone give a look at Paul Erdos if you get a chance . He traveled the world collaborating on number problems all his life . No home , no posessions , just numbers and couch surfing..... amazing
     
  5. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Anybody NOT seen this question b4 and know the answer? lol

    ---pineapple
     
  6. olprt

    olprt New Member

    the bikes take one hour to reach each other..so the bee would be traveling for one hour nd cover 20km
     
  7. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    BINGO !
     
  8. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Good job olprt

    ---pineapple