Imagine It! Build It! Fly It!
By: Miranda Larson
Type of Kite!
Trash bag (height): 97cm
Trash bag (base): 73cm
Math Problem #1
Answer to Math Problem #1
Math Problem #4
Answer to math problem #4
Size of the rice paper: 18 in. x 24 in.18 inches = 1.5 feet
24 inches = 2 feet
size of rice paper (converted to feet like the kite): 1.5 ft. x 2 ft.
area of rice paper in feet: 1.5 ft. X 2 ft. = 3 ft. sq.
Size of the kite: 36 ft. x 48 ft.
area of kite: 36 ft. X 48 ft. = 1728 ft. sq.
Amount of rice paper to construct kite
area of kite divided by area of paper in same units (feet)
1728 ft. sq/kite divided by 3 ft. sq./rice paper = 576 rice paper/kite
ANSWER: 576 rice papers are needed.
Note: Since the height to width ratio are the same for the rice paper and the kite; and since both the height & the width of the kite are equally divisible by the respective height & width of the rice paper, then the kite builders will be able to use all whole sheets of rice paper with no partial sheets remaining - and no cutting of the paper!
97cm x 73cm = 7081cmsq.
My kite was a rectangle so I had a formula (b x h) to get the answer. Since my kite had this formula I did not need to decompose my kite.