Sorry if this is posted in the wrong esction. I just couldnt find a better place.
You and two friends are at standing at the beginning of a lake.
(Means that there is a totall of 3 persons)
On the opposite side lies a hut which you would like to visit.
The lake is shaped as a circle with the radius 5km.
There is a boat which holds maximum 2 persons.
The speed of the boat is 10m/s
Walking distance is 4m/s
What is the shortest time you could use to get to the hut with your
This is not a homework question, just a riddle i found. You do not have to
belive me, or give me the answer, just point me in the right direction.
To figure out the optimal intersection point between the person walking and
the person traveling by boat.
I think i figured out how to do parts of the problem.
Person A and B travels across the lake by boat. At the same time person C
starts walking around it. When Person A and B gets to the hut. Person A
travels back by boat to get person A.
I was thinking about many clever ways to find the optimal place between A
and B. And thought that it might be best by setting up two Parametric
equations. One for the walking person and one for the boat.
So here is how far I've come.
Radius = 5km
Diameter = 10km
So it takes 1000sec to get across the lake.
So the person walking have walked 4000meters, when A and B are at the hut.
Now I tried to split the circle in half, and flip it. So that it looks
like a curve. With the lenght 10km and the height 5km.
But really I dont know how to find the optimal intersection point between
the boat and the person walking.
Bellow I tried solving it with parametric equations, but did not get very
Parametric Equation for the boat. Look at the circle from the side...
Where (a) is the angle the boat have to aim to optimally hit the person
Equation for the person walking
circumference is given by
The person must walk half this distance if there is no boat
The walking speed is 4m/s
Which means that if you put into the eqation you should get
No idea how to set up the eqation for y though. I know the height is
reached after half the walking time or . So ploting in pi*625 should
give 5000 in the equation.
= 0 and
So no idea if this parametric equation stuff is correct, or how to proceed.
I am not very advanced in my math, so if someone took it step by step i
would be very pleased