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Imagine a wheel with different coloured
markings - red, green and blue painted on it at regular
As the wheel goes round, a trail is painted on the ground.
RGBRGBRGBRGBRGBRGB ... ...
Satisfy yourself that you can predict where the blues will
How about the red and green marks?
Can you predict the colour of the 18th? 19th? 31st? 59th? 299th?
3311th? 96 312th?
How did you work it out?
Now consider the wheels that produce:
BBYGBBYGBBYG ... ...
BYBRBYBRBYBRBYBR ... ...
RRRBBYRRRBBYRRRBBYRRRBBYRRRBBY ... ...
RRBRRRRBRRRRBRRRRBRRRRBRR ... ...
You could continue this investigation by asking yourself some "what if ...?" questions:
A wheel has six markings. Where would red be painted on it so
that the 100th mark made is red?
What other wheels (with more/fewer markings) would give you a red in the 100th position?