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Approximation math problem

  1. Apr 9, 2005 #1
    Every day, Jack and Jill agree to meet at a certain time at the nearby bus interchange, where buses depart at equal periods of time. Once, Jill came 15 minutes later and Jack saw 6 buses depart. On a second occasion, Jill came 26 minutes later, and Jack saw 8 buses depart. On another occasion, Jack came 43 minutes later than Jill. How many buses departed the interchange while Jill was awaiting Jack?

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    I'm quite confused by this question at the moment. I've got to run now, and I may try and post my attempt a bit later, but I doubt I'm heading in the right direction. :cry:
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  3. Apr 9, 2005 #2


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    Explore the limits of your system. What are the maximum and minimum possible periods between buses for each of the first two criteria? If I have an interval of time that's just over two bus periods long, how many buses can I fit inside it? If it's just under two bus periods long, how few buses can be fit inside? What does this tell you about the limits on the period?
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