## Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

Forum for the GRE subject test in mathematics.
greatgzz
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### Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

A turn-of -the-century bicycle has a front wheel with a diameter of 6 feet and a back wheel
with a diameter of 2 feet. When the bicycle rolls 600 PI feet in a straight line,
a. How far does a point on the tread of the back tire travel?
b. How far does a point on the tread of the front tire travel?

vonLipwig
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### Re: Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

This looks awfully like a question that you might have been assigned as homework, to me. Is it?

greatgzz
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### Re: Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

vonLipwig wrote:This looks awfully like a question that you might have been assigned as homework, to me. Is it?

Sort of !!! it really drives me crazy...sigh...

Topoltergeist
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### Re: Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

I would experimentally verify my answer for this problem. I've always wanted to ride one of those crazy bikes ...

greatgzz
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### Re: Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

Topoltergeist wrote:I would experimentally verify my answer for this problem. I've always wanted to ride one of those crazy bikes ...

Wow...look forward to some insights about it
!!!

malaka
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### Re: Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

Topoltergeist wrote:I would experimentally verify my answer for this problem. I've always wanted to ride one of those crazy bikes ...
Really i am also crazy for rideing.

tarheel
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### Re: Who can help me with a tricky problem ?

a. The back wheel rolls $$600\pi /2\pi =300$$ cycles. For each cycle, the distance that the point moves equals to the length of the cycloid, which equals 4*diameter=8 feet. Totally, it travels 8*300=2400 feet.