Maurice Weitman on sun 24 aug 03
At 8:45 PM 0400 on 8/24/03, L. P. Skeen wrote:
>Hey y'all, saw this on a website today, but we can't figure it out.
>Ginny thinks it has something to do with Pythagorean theory, but I
>dunno:
>
>Two cars sit side by side facing opposite directions on a road.
>Each car drives forward 6 miles, then makes a left turn and drives 8
>miles. How far apart are the two cars?
>
>_I_ thought the answer should be 28 miles, but that wasn't one of
>the choices for the answer. What's the right answer?
>
>L
>
I'd say 20 miles, and I believe Pythagoras would agree. The cars'
paths described the two rightangled sides of two, 6x8x10 triangles,
so they're the distance of the two hypotenuses, or 2x10.
And I didn't even ask my math teacher wife.
Regards,
Maurice
 
