Kite Project

The Beginning

This is a new and exciting experience for me! I have never made a kite before, so this cool! I am making a Della Porta Six- Point Star! I made a blueprint so you can picture my kite better.

Supplies for the Six-Point Star

I brought, clear duct tape, tissue paper (decorative kind), long 36 inch dowel rods, trash bag, kite string, scissors, and markers.

Now for the rest of the website...

Math Problem # 1

PROBLEM ONE: In 1820, George Pocock connected

several large kites to a carriage and pulled it from

Southampton to London. Since road taxes were based on

the number of horses used to pull a carriage, he was able to

avoid any taxes! The 60 mile trip took two hours. Modern

kite buggies now go twice as fast but seldom go as far. How

fast was the carriage moving?

First off, this problem has ALOT of useless and irrelevant info. So you can throw that out the window. Now, on to the problem. Basically, this problem is asking how fast the kites were moving every hour. Since the trip took two hours, I divided 60 by 2. My answer was 30. So every hour, he was going 30 miles.

Math Problem # 3

PROBLEM THREE: Under the direction of Harry

Osborne, the Edmonds Community College kite team kept a

parafoil in the air from August 21 to August 29, 1982. Their

180 hour, 17 minute flight created a world record for

duration flying. If there we eight members of the team, and

each took three hour shifts watching the kite, how many

shifts would each team member be responsible for?

This problem was difficult for me because of extraneous information. I found it easy to do the problem if all the hours were converted into minutes. So I converted 180 hrs. to minutes and got 10,800 minutes. I added the 17 minutes making my total 10,817. Then I converted 3 hours to minutes, which is 180 minutes. I proceeded to divide 10,817 by 180 because we have the total minutes to the two pieces of info, but we need to know how many shifts ONE person did. when I divided, I got 60.09. I realized that was all the shifts all the eight men did together. So I divided 60.90 by 8 and got 7.5. So each person did 7.5 shifts in the span of 8 days.

Making the shapes, simpler...

I decomposed my shapes into 8 triangles and a rectangle

Finding the Perimeter of the Six- Point Star

Since the whole of one triangle is 9 and we have 6 triangles, that is 54. Plus the 38, which equals 92.

Finding the Area of the Six-Point Star

Since the six points of the star are 9 by 9, that is 81 for ONE triangle. So I did 81 times 6 and got 486. Since it's a triangle, we need to divide it by two, and I got 243. I did the two triangles at the side and got 17 by 4. I got 68, I did 68 times two and got 138. Divide by 2 and you get 68. The rectangle is 11 by 17, which equals 187. If I add this all together I would get 498. SO my answer is 498 inches squared.