# Snail's Pace

A snail is at the corner of a cube. What proportion of the cube's surface can the snail reach within an hour?

A snail is at one corner of the top face of a cube with side length 1m.

The snail can crawl at a speed of 1m per hour.

What proportion of the cube's surface is made up of points which the snail could reach within one hour?

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On each of the three reachable faces, the points which the snail can reach form a quarter of a circle of radius 1m.

So the required fraction is $\frac{3 \times \frac{1}{4}\pi \times 1 \times 1}{6 \times 1 \times 1} = \frac{\pi}{8}$.