Home > Golden Oldie of the Week Archive Detail

<< Prev 1/8/2006 Next >>

Brahmagupta (628 A.D.)

A cat sitting on a wall 4 cubits high, saw a rat prowling 8 cubits from the foot of the wall. The rat too perceived the puss and hastened towards its abode at the foot of the wall: but was caught by the cat proceeding diagonally an equal distance. In what point within the 8 cubits was the rat caught?

Solution:

Source: R. McGinty & J. Van Beynen's "Story Problems--Let's Make Them Just That," SSAM (April 1982)