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Subject: ratios Name: matt Question: 

Hi Matt, Gear A has 12 teeth and 12 notches and gear B has 16 teeth and 16 notches. Suppose that before the gears begin to turn, a tooth from gear A is in a notch in gear B. As the gears turn, watch this place where the two gears are in contact. Gear A turns 40 times and, since 12 40 = 480, 480 teeth from gear A pass this contact point. Hence 480 notches from gear B pass this point. But ^{480}/_{16} = 30 and hence gear B turns 30 times. Now apply the same argument to the point of contact of gears B and C. Cheers,Penny 

