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The farmer and the pig (Posted on 2008-11-13) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A farmer wants to catch a pig which is 100 meters away from him. They start running at the same time. The pig runs straight ahead, initially perpendicular to the line farmer-pig, at constant speed. The farmer always runs in the direction where he sees the pig (also at constant speed).

If the ratio of the speeds is 3:1 (farmer:pig), how far would the pig have traveled till the farmer caught it?

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re: Analytical Solution | Comment 4 of 5 |
(In reply to Analytical Solution by Daniel)

I don't follow the derivation of the differential equation, beyond seeing that P is the origin, P-F is the x-axis and the pig's path is the y-axis.

The answer derived disagrees with the numerical answer previously posted.


  Posted by Charlie on 2008-11-17 16:06:52
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