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Puzzle of the week - Week #42

The distance between Station Atena and Station Barcena is 90 miles. A train starts from Atena towards Barcena. A bird starts at the same time from Barcena straight towards the moving train. On reaching the train, it instantaneously turns back and returns to Barcena. The bird makes these journeys from Barcena to the train and back to Barcena continuously till the train reaches Barcena. The bird finally returns to Barcena and rests. Calculate the total distance in miles the bird travels in the following two cases:

  • the bird flies at 80 miles per hour and the speed of the train is 60 miles per hour
  • the bird flies at 60 miles per hour and the speed of the train is 80 miles per hour

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