What Goes Up, \Must Come Down!
KITES, KITES,AND MORE KITES!
PROBLEM FOUR: The largest kites built in Japan are flown in Hoshubana every May. The kites are 36 feet wide and 48 feet tall with bridle lines more than 100 feet long. It takes fifty members of the O-dako (Giant Kite) Association of Hoshubana to launch this giant creation. Each team member is suitably uniformed in a traditional festival jacket that matches the kite. The kite is made from individual pieces of rice paper, each glued together at the edges. If each sheet is 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall, how many sheets are needed to create the sail of this Japanese kite? Answer: First you need to convert feet into inches. Then you calculate how sheets wide and sheets tail the kite is.
PROBLEM SIX: On May 16, 1987, Troy Vickstrom decided to measure the speed of his maneuverable kite across the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. The kites speed of 108 miles per hour was measured using a police radar gun. Afterwards, the police issued a citation for exceeding the maximum speed in an area with a posted speed of 20 mph. (The ticket was a joke.) How can you measure the speed of a moving kite? Answer: First you place two markers a hundred feet apart and record the time it takes to fly from one kite to another.