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A robot, which is initially facing North, is programmed to travel 5m then turn through $10^{\circ}$, travel 5m then turn through $20^{\circ}$ clockwise, travel 5m then turn through $30^{\circ}$ clockwise, and so on. Each move consists of moving 5m in a straight line and then turning clockwise through an angle which increases by $10^{\circ}$ clockwise at each move.

How far has it travelled by the time it is first facing due East at the end of a move?

 

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.