At the end of seventeen days the snail will have
ft., and at
the end of its eighteenth day-time task it will be at the top.
instantly begins slipping while sleeping, and will be 2 ft. down the
other side at the end of the eighteenth day of twenty-four hours. How
long will it take over the remaining 18 ft.?
If it slips 2 ft. at night
it clearly overcomes the tendency to slip 2 ft. during the daytime, in
climbing up. In rowing up a river we have the stream against us, but in
coming down it is with us and helps us.
If the snail can climb 3 ft.
overcome the tendency to slip 2 ft. in twelve hours' ascent, it could
with the same exertion crawl 5 ft. a
day on the level.
going down, the same exertion carries it 7 ft. in twelve
5 ft. by personal exertion and 2 ft. by slip.
This, with the night
gives it a descending progress of 9 ft. in the twenty-four
therefore, do the remaining 18 ft. in exactly two days, and the whole
journey, up and down, will take it exactly twenty day