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On the Road

Four vehicles travelled on a road with constant velocities. The car overtook the scooter at 12 o'clock, then met the bike at 14.00 and the motorcycle at 16.00. The motorcycle met the scooter at 17.00 then it overtook the bike at 18.00. At what time did the bike and the scooter meet?

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Speedy Sidney

Two trains set off at the same time from each end of a single straight railway line. A very fast bee starts off in front of the first train and flies continuously back and forth between the two trains. How far does Sidney fly before he is squashed between the two trains?

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There and Back

Brian swims at twice the speed that a river is flowing, downstream from one moored boat to another and back again, taking 12 minutes altogether. How long would it have taken him in still water?

Illusion

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A security camera, which takes one picture each half a second, films a cyclist going by at 8.5 miles per hour on a bike which has wheels of diameter 24 inches. There is a reflector fixed to the spokes of each wheel of the bike. Explain why it is that, in the film, the cyclist appears to go forward while the wheels appear to go backwards. If the cyclist goes a little faster the wheels appear to be stationary. At what speed does this happen?

You will need to know that 1 mile = 1760 yards, 1 yard = 3 feet and 1 foot = 12 inches to do this question. Can you also change the numbers (not necessarily by direct conversion) to pose a similar problem in metric units?