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Sunday Times Teaser 3090 – Main Line

by Brian Gladman on December 10, 2021

by Andrew Skidmore

Published Sunday December 12 2021 (link)

Anton and Boris live next to a railway line. One morning a goods train passed Anton’s house travelling south just as a slower train passed Boris’s house travelling north. The goods train passed Boris’s house at the same time as a passenger train, heading north at a speed that was half as fast again as the goods train. Similarly, as the slower train passed Anton’s house it passed a passenger train; this was heading south at a speed that was three times as great as that of the slower train.

The passenger trains then passed each other at a point 25 kilometres from Anton’s house before simultaneously passing the two houses.

All four trains travelled along the same route and kept to their own constant speeds.

How far apart do Anton and Boris live?

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  1. Brian Gladman permalink

    Using the Sympy symbolic algebra package.

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