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The Tortoise and the Hare


A tortoise and a hare start at the same time in a 10-mile race. The hare runs for 20 minutes at 12 mph; stops to rest; falls asleep for several minutes; awakes; and finishes the race, again running at 12 mph. Meanwhile, the tortoise plugs along at the same constant rate of 2 mph throughout the race. What is the least amount of time the hare was asleep if the tortoise wins the race?

(Source: Adapted from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Mar-Apr 1997)



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