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
A security camera, taking pictures each half a second, films a
cyclist going by. In the film, the cyclist appears to go forward
while the wheels appear to go backwards. Why?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Tom left a motorway service station and travelled towards Glasgow at a steady speed of 60 mph. Tim left the same service station 10 minutes after Tom and travelled in the same direction at a steady speed, overtaking Tom after a further 1 hour 40 minutes. At what speed did Tim travel?
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