Car Trip Trigonometry
RAY: Well, you could make it complicated, you could say "Well, gee, I have don't have enough information. I don't know the distance, I don't know the speed, I don't know anything," but I always like to boil these problems down to what I call the limiting case. And I said that you drove the first 40 miles and I drove the rest, okay. And then on the way back you drove the first leg and I drove the last 50.
RAY: Well, you could make the distance anything you want, but let's make it 50 miles.
TOM: The whole distance.
RAY: So you drove the first 40.
TOM: Limit theory.
RAY: I drove the last ten.
TOM: Right. Um hm.
RAY: On the way home you didn't drive at all.
TOM: No, you drove the whole 50 miles.
RAY: I drove 50 miles, how many miles did I drive? 60 miles. How many miles did you drive? 40. How many more miles did I drive? 20 miles.
TOM: So no matter what that distance is in between...
RAY: It's always 20 miles.
TOM: You will always drive 20 miles more.
RAY: Who's our winner, man?
TOM: The winner is Clark Newhall, from Sandy, Utah.
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