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An observation wheel is being modeled after the London Eye (shown below on the right). The new observation wheel will measure 425 feet in diameter and carries up to 800 passengers in 32 capsules. It turns continually, making one full rotation every 20 minutes and is 3 feet above the ground.

Based on your follow-up question, given the information above, the question is how far the capsule travels in one revolution. In one revolution, the capsule travels the entire circumference of the wheel. This is circumference = pi(diameter) = (3.14...)(425ft).


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