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 September 3rd, 2018, 02:43 AM #11 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,285 Thanks: 1967 My last example was of that type.
 September 3rd, 2018, 10:03 AM #12 Banned Camp   Joined: Mar 2015 From: New Jersey Posts: 1,720 Thanks: 124 Assume after k,m,n laps A,B,C meet at a point a on the track:at time t: 3t=100k+a 5t=100m+a 8t=100n+a (100k+a)/3=(100m+a)/5=(100n+a)/8 From first equality, 500k+5a=300m+3a, 2a=300m-500k From second equality 3a=500n-800m $\displaystyle \rightarrow$ (200m-500k)/2=(500n-800m)/3 $\displaystyle \rightarrow$ 25m-15k-10n=0, n>m>k, and by inspection k=2, m=4, n=7. Then a=100 (1 lap) and A,B,C meet after running 3,5,8 laps respectively, ie, they meet at starting point. Last edited by zylo; September 3rd, 2018 at 10:28 AM. Reason: add "they meet at starting point," typo
 September 3rd, 2018, 02:01 PM #13 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,285 Thanks: 1967 For the original problem, one can use a = 0, t = 100, and (k, m, n) = (3, 5, .

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