Two boats travel up and down a lake, each at a constant speed. They
turn at each end without slowing down. The boats start at opposite
ends of the lake.
If the boats travel at the same speed, whereabouts on the lake will
they meet for the first time? What about the second time they meet?
What would happen if one boat travelled twice as fast as the
Investigate where the boats will meet for other ratios of
Once you are
confident at working with boats travelling at different speeds, why
not try this challenge?
Can you work out the length of the lake and the ratio of the speed
of the boats from the following information?
- The boats leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant
- They cross for the first time 600 metres from A
- After each boat has turned at the end of the lake, they cross
for the second time 400 metres from B
Investigate the ratio of the speeds and the length of the lake when
you change these distances. Can you find and prove a general
This problem is also available in French: Bateaux Sur Lac