THIS MONTH'S QUIZ
A mad professor has built a bicycle with square wheels. The front wheel is a square with sides of 60 cm, and the rear wheel with sides of 46 cm. The distance between the wheel centres is 120 cm. Initially each wheel has one side in contact with the ground and the crossbar is horizontal. You may assume that the professor can not ride sufficiently quickly for either wheel to leave the road.
1. Through what vertical distance does the centre of the front wheel move as the bicycle travels along a horizontal road?
2. What is the greatest angle the crossbar ever makes with the horizontal?
3. Through what horizontal distance must the bicycle travel before the crossbar first makes this maximum angle with the horizontal?
