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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.