The extension is finished! Five new classrooms have been added to the main building. But there’s a problem.
The corridor to the new classrooms is very busy. When the bell goes, lots of students stream out of the extension, while others rush in. It gets really crowded!
To solve the problem, Mr Wigg put up a sign:
“Students entering the extension please stay left!
Students leaving the extension please stay right!”
But Mr Wigg’s sign only made the problem worse. Can you see why?
Try it out for yourself! Walk one way down a corridor with your left hand on the wall. Then walk the other way down the corridor with your right hand against the wall!
Mr Wigg’s sign will cause lots of collisions!
The left hand side when you’re entering the extension is the same as the right hand side when you’re leaving. So all the students will end up on the same side of the corridor, running into each other.
The correct sign would just say:
“All students please stay left!”
That’s exactly how our roads work!
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