"Phantom" Traffic Jams
Keep our streets traffic free
In! this! task,!students! will! explore! how! leading!researchers are!using! mathematics! to! understand! the!
a! roadway!with!no!apparent!cause! (i.e.,!no!observable!accident,!stalled!vehicle,!or!other!obstacle!in!a!
lane! such! as! construction). Students! investigate! the! connections! between! mathematics,! science,! and!
real world!problems!in!engineering!and!urban!planning. At!the!conclusion!of!the!task,!students!research!
of!vehicles,! number! of! traffic! signals!and!intersections,!the! timings and! coordination of traffic! signals,!
and! the! roadway’s! carrying! capacity.! Students! present! their! research! findings! using! accurate!
mathematical! vocabulary! and! suggest! possible! solutions! for! alleviating! the! traffic! issues! in! the! area!
- Gain!awareness!of!applications!of!mathematics!in!solving!complex!global!problems!such!as! “phantom!traffic!jams”