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Homework Help: Need help on this one

  1. Sep 26, 2006 #1
    Two runners start simultaneously from the same point on a circular 200-m track and run in the same direction. One runs at constand speed of 6.20 m/s and the other at a constant speed of 5.50 m/s. When will the fast one overtake("lap") the slower one and how far from the starting point will each have run?

    please help thx.

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  3. Sep 26, 2006 #2


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    Show us how you think you should set up the algebra to solve this. Think of it in terms of some number of 200m laps plus a little extra. The faster runner runs one more lap than the slower runner, plus that same extra fraction of a lap (which could be zero if the numbers were set up that way).
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