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Lego Olympic Opening Ceremony

February 23, 2012

The Lego Olympics must begin with a

triumphant Trumpet Fanfare.


Here is the US Army Herald Trumpets playing a rousing fanfare:

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Marching Maths

Three nations are marching one after the other:

Pajamaramas (PJ Boy flag bearer),

The Crytomanians (Mummy’s Boy flag bearer)

and the Berserkers (Olag the Viking flag bearer).

But there is a problem.

They march around the Olympic Track, which is a 400m circuit (inside track).

Lego Olympic Track Circuit = 400/50 = 8 m

But the Pajamaramas, the Cryptomanians and the Beseerkers all walk at different speed. They could just bump into one another and end up in a big heap. So how much time should the officials allow between each country so they don’t collide on the track.

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Speed S1

PJ Boy is a really slow walker

Real life Really Slow walk = 3.0 kph = 3000 m/hr

……………………………………………….= 3000/60 = 50 m/min

Lego really slow walk=   50/50 = 1 m/min

Speed PJ Boy = S1 = 1m/min

……………….

Speed S 2

Mummy’s Boy is a slow walker

Real Life Slow walk = 4.5 kph = 4500 m/hr

………………………………….  = 4500/60 = 75 m/min

Lego slow walk = 75/50 = 1.5 m/min

Speed Mummy’s Boy = S 2  = 1.5 m/min

……………………………..

Speed S

Olag is a fast walker

Real life fast walk = 6 kph = 6000 m/hr

……………………………… = 6000/60 = 100 m/min

Lego really slow walk = 100/50 = 2 m/min

Speed Olag = S= 2m/min

 

Lego Track Circuit = 8m

Time on circuit (T) in mins:

T = d/S

T = 8.0 /S

The time each nation takes to finish marching around the track will be:

T1 = 8.0/S1  = 8.0/1  = 8 mins

T2 = 8.0/S2 = 8.0/1.5 = 5.3333 = 5 mins 20 secs

T3 = 8.0/S3 = 8.0/2.0 = 4 mins

If you started them all at once there’d be a real pile up.

 

March Time with 1 min gap between groups:

The Enforcer from the Constellation Obeymia will make sure each marching group leaves exactly on time. He will set the clock ticking at 0 mins then enforce a one minute gap between each group.

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Look at the times each nation finishes marching around the track now:

PJ Boy…………………………………………………………………………..

and the Pajamaramas ……………………………………………..8 mins,

Mummy’s Boy and the Crytomanians ………………. 6 mins 20 secs

and Olag and The Beserkers start 2 minutes after PJ Boy and Co and finish at …………………………………. 6 mins.

They will still collide on the track!!!!!

Here are the results for different gap times:

 

 

Nation

March Time

Gap time

0 min

March Time

Gap Time

 1 min

March Time

Gap Time

 2 min

March Time

Gap Time

 3 min

PJ Boy + the Pajamaramas

8

8

8

8

Mummy’s Boy and the Crytomanians

5mins 20 secs

6 mins 20 secs

7mins 20 secs

8 mins 20 secs

Olag and The Beserkers

4

6

8

10

The 3 minute gap works!!!

I think we need a round of applause:

Why not ALGEBRA?

If you had to do this calculation for the entire 205 nations at the 2012 Olympic Games, you can see that your brain might explode.

Da-DA! We can use algebra.

Here is a formulae:

T = d/S + ntg

where

T = time (mins)

from beginning of ceremony.

d= track circuit distance = 8 m

S = speed m/min

n = nation march order number = 0,1,2,3,etc

tg = time gap between nations (mins) = 1, 2, 3, 4 etc    

TRY IT, mathspigs!!!!!

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2 comments

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