Seems Simple Enough...HELP!
An auto race is taking place on a circular track. The total number of cars in the race is 1/3 of the number of cars in front of the red car, plus 3/4 of the number of cars behind the red car. How many cars are in the race?
Can you solve this? If so, I need your help....what is your reasoning?
Some key "personal" concerns:
 On a circular track, doesn't the number of cars in front of a car equal the number of cars behind a car?
 On a circular track, is the red car also behind itself...or in front of itself?
 If you view the cars in front or behind the red car as being two separate (nonoverlapping groups), the number of cars becomes a negative value?
 The problem must be doable, given its source and intended level!
HELP!...Or it will be a long summer!
Source: MacMillan Math : Grade 7, 1987, p. 245
Hint: How can I provide a hint, when I need help with the problem itself....
Solution Commentary: Even if the red car is the only car on the track, the problem still is impossible...!
