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What's the formal way to prove this? I drew a displacement/time graph with 2 random squiggles from the origin to the same point $(t,f(t))$, assuming that f(t) is where the finish line is.

Running through the MVT, for the hare:


Since the end point and start point for the tortoise is the same, the gradient must be the same at some point.

Is my answer valid?

  • $\begingroup$ It rather depends on them taking the same route from start to finish and their speeds being continuous. $\endgroup$ – Henry Nov 15 '14 at 12:11

As an instructor I wouldn't say your answer is really correct. Call $s_1$ and $s_2$ the two laws of motion, and notice that $s=s_1-s_2$ satisfies the assumption of Rolle's theorem. Then, at some time $t$, $s'(t)=0$, and you conclude that $s_1'(t)=s_2'(t)$.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry but what do you mean by 'laws of motion'? $\endgroup$ – Jim Nov 15 '14 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ It is the position of the moving animal as time elapses. $\endgroup$ – Siminore Nov 15 '14 at 11:50

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