When kids help, they learn that math is both useful and fun. Here are some math concepts that trip planning involves:
Addition. Use a road map to determine possible routes. Add up how many miles it takes to go different ways. See which is the shortest trip.
Decimals. Figure out how much it will cost to fill your gas tank. For example, if gas costs $1.12 and you have a 10-gallon tank, multiply these numbers.
Division. If your trip is 145 miles, for example, divide this by how many miles per hour you’ll average. This shows how many hours your trip will take.
Estimation. Notice signs that say how far away your exit is. Guess how long it will take to get there.
Measurement. Convert kilometers to miles or vice versa. One mile equals 1.61 kilometers, and 1 kilometer equals .62 miles.
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