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Four friends in a race 2021-04-06
From Angel:
Four friends ran a race:
Ben finished seven seconds ahead of Mike.
Noel finished three seconds behind Sam.
Mike finished five seconds behind Noel.
What will be the formula to support their place?

Answered by Penny Nom.
A four person race 2019-11-19
From Juvy:
Ben finished seven seconds ahead of Mike.
Noel finished three seconds behind of Sam.
Mike finished five seconds behind Noel.
In what order did the friends finish the race?

Answered by Penny Nom.
Two cars in a race 2012-01-30
From Christine:
In a car race, the speed of one car is 120kph and the other car is 105 kph. If the faster car finished the race 20 mins before the slower one, what was the distance of the race? Thanks for the answer and the previous answer to my question.
Answered by Penny Nom.
An afternoon at the races 2009-05-15
From garths:
A professional gambler was betting at a horse racing afternoon.
At the end of the first race he had doubled his money.
He bet R30 on the second race and tripled the money he came with.
He bet 54 on the third race and quadrupled (4 times) the money he came with.
He bet R72 on the fourth race and lost it all. But he still had R48 left.
How much money did he take to the race track?

Answered by Harley Weston.
Trifecta 2009-03-09
From Annie:
I want to know how many combinations are there for the first 3 horses in a race of 20 horses. For example, the horses can come in 1, 5, 7 or 7, 5, 1 which are totally different combos. I've only found formulas where the 1, 2, 3 and 3, 2, 1 are counted as the same combo. In horse racing every combo is different. Thank you.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Two racers going around a track 2009-02-26
From larisa:
One racer makes a complete trip around the track every 28 seconds, while the other racer completes a trip around the track every minute. How many times will the first racer pass the second racer in 30 minutes?
Answered by Robert Dawson.
Mary and Jane on a halfmile track 2008-11-10
From alan:
mary is walking 15mph on a half mile track. jane is walking 12mph on a halfmile track. how much time will it take mary to pass jane.? HOW MANY TIMES WILL MARY PASS JANE IN 1 HOUR?
Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom.
Combinations and horse races 2007-10-28
From Ian:
How do I calculate the number of combinations for: Horse races,1 horse in each race.I want all combinations covered. e.g.5 races, 1 horse in each race. R 1&2, R 1&3,R 1&4, R 2,3,4,5, R 1,2,3,4,5 etc etc.I have worked it out manually to 27 combinations but if I want to cover more than 5 it will be a big excercise to work out the cost manually. Many Thanks
Answered by Victoria West.
Driving on a banked roadway 2007-02-05
From William:
A race track is shaped like an inverted cone. Race cars drive around this track in a horizontal path. If a drivers speed is 34 m/s, at what distance from the tip of the cone should he drive his car if there is no friction?


William Bush

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Brackets and more brackets 2006-08-29
From Michelle:
Feeling stupid asking but it's been awhile ... {{{2}}} ...what is this really saying ....are the outer brackets = null?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
How many people are in the race? 2006-04-07
From Marty:
You're in a race with 1/5 of the racers ahead of you and 5/6 of them behind you. How many people are in the race?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Four people are in a race 2006-01-26
From Tammy:
If 4 people are in a race, how many different placements, i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, can there be and what is the equation?
Answered by Penny Nom.
An elliptical race track 2003-12-16
From Judy:
the inner rail of a race track is a perfect ellipse. the track is a standard width all the way around. how can i prove that the outer rail is a ellipse?
Answered by Penny Nom.
The horse race 2002-11-19
From Pat:
The Horse Race Three horses run a race. In how many different ways can the three horses finish the race if ties are allowed?
Answered by Penny Nom.
programme de tracé 2004-10-21
From jean-yves:
pourriez vous me donner la définition de: qu'es ce qu'un "programme de tracé"
Answered by Claude Tardif.



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