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Two cars start off at the same point on a straight highway; [#permalink]
21 Mar 2013, 14:01

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Two cars start off at the same point on a straight highway; each car travels in opposite direction to the other for 6km, and then takes an 8km travel after turning to the right. What is the shortest and longest distances that exist between them?

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21 Mar 2013, 17:10

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Kindly check the answer. It should be C.

The shortest distance will be along the hypotenuse and longest distance will be along the path taken by the two cars, i.e. along the other two sides of the triangles. Image is attached.

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21 Mar 2013, 23:02

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Kindly check the answer. It should be C.

The shortest distance will be along the hypotenuse and longest distance will be along the path taken by the two cars, i.e. along the other two sides of the triangles. Image is attached.

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Pythagoras strikes again! Of course this is setting us up to have a right angle triangle, and a 3-4-5 (all values x2) triangle at that. The shortest distance will have to be 20 (10x2), but the longest distance is where this question falls apart. I'd say the longest distance between them is the path starting at point A, passing by Siberia, and then hitting point B.

This question sort of falls apart here but the shortest distance is nevertheless measurable and the longest distance can be measured with enough arbitrary rules (using only the roads that are used and not being able to take the same road twice, sort of thing). Using these completely realistic restrictions, the answer is C.