Problem 2 – Hint 4

Notice that by using the Hints 1-3, this problem about the fastest lap can be reduced to another problem about the shape of a flexible inextensible rope the endpoints of which can slide frictionlessly along two rigid rails drawing straight lines y=\pm kx, with a suitably chosen tangent k.

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