Problems

A rabbit climbs out at its hole, and walks 1 mile in a straight line. Then, the rabbit repeatedly turns \pi/3 radians and walks half of the distance it just walked,
as pictured below.

How far away from the rabbit’s hole is the point at which the rabbit converges?

4 responses to “Problems

  1. Pingback: A Converging Rabbit « Rambling Thoughts

  2. Américo Tavares June 13, 2011 at 4:25 am

    The distance is \frac{2}{3}\sqrt{3} miles. Assume the rabbit starts at the origin of the complex plane and walks on it. The rabbit’s walk can be modeled by the series

    \displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^{\infty }\frac{1}{2^{n}}e^{in\pi /3},

    which converges to z=1+\frac{1}{\sqrt{3}}i (according to Wolframalpha). So the distance to the origin is \left\vert z\right\vert =\frac{2}{3}\sqrt{3}.

  3. Américo Tavares June 13, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I’ve now noticed that you have already posted a solution.

  4. Américo Tavares June 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

    After reading your post I recognize that the above series is a geometric series with ratio \dfrac{1}{2}e^{i\pi/3}.

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