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What is the length of the path they have traveled at the moment they reach each other?

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Consider four (dimensionless) flies, two males and two females. They are situated at the corners of one square meter. Every fly tries to reach the male/female fly in front of her/him. Their initial situation is visualized in the picture. Since the flies are flying towards another, they will meet each other at a certain time in the center of the square.

posted Jun 26, 2014 by Vrije Mani Upadhyay

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Because all flies constantly fly perpendicular to another fly, they all travel the shortest distance to each other, which is 1 meter (all flies make a kind of spiral flight to the center of the square, and during this flight, the flies constantly form a square until they meet in the center).

Conclusion: The flies all travel 1 meter.

answer Jul 1, 2014 by Vrije Mani Upadhyay



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