# Around the Horn Pow

Topics: Cape Horn, Panama Canal, Maritime history Pages: 4 (945 words) Published: March 17, 2009
POW 9: Around the Horn

Problem Statement

During the time of crossing the overland trail, many people instead chose to take the ship route which went around Cape Horn at the tip of South America. The points that we are given to keep in mind are:

-A ship leaves New York for San Francisco on the first of every month at noon, and vice versa for a ship coming from San Francisco.

-Each ship arrives exactly six months after it leaves.

With these things, we are also going to assume that:

-The weather conditions are perfect and the trip goes exactly as planned.

-The time zones do not affect anything in this problem.

-There is a certain point that the ship must reach, or have reached at each month.

Assuming these things, and having the given knowledge, we are to answer the question, if you were on a ship leaving from New York, how many ships from San Francisco would you see in passing?

Process

At first, I was confused with this problem and did not know...... POW 9: Around the Horn

Problem Statement

During the time of crossing the overland trail, many people instead chose to take the ship route which went around Cape Horn at the tip of South America. The points that we are given to keep in mind are:

-A ship leaves New York for San Francisco on the first of every month at noon, and vice versa for a ship coming from San Francisco.

-Each ship arrives exactly six months after it leaves.

With these things, we are also going to assume that:

-The weather conditions are perfect and the trip goes exactly as planned.

-The time zones do not affect anything in this problem.

-There is a certain point that the ship must reach, or have reached at each month.

Assuming these things, and having the given knowledge, we are to answer the question, if you were on a ship leaving from New York, how many ships from San Francisco would you see in passing?

Process

At first, I was confused with this problem and...