## 2440.13 – Driving to Nirvana

We were driving to Nirvana and I fell asleep. No, I was not driving, just eager to get there. So, when we were halfway there I fell asleep. When I woke up, the distance we still had to go was half as far as we went while I was asleep. For what fraction of the trip was I asleep?

## Solution

Let $y$ be the whole trip and $x$ be the part that I slept through. Then the portion after I woke up is $x/2$. The half of the trip after I went to sleep is $x + x/2 = 3x/2$. Therefore the whole trip, being twice that half, is $3x$.

Thus, $y = 3x$ so $x = y/3$ and it seems I was asleep for a third of the trip. Did I ever get to Nirvana? That is another story and will be told another time.