Getting ready for the beginning of the new school year. Came across these in my search for challenging math problems for my 7th graders.
If you want to e-mail me your answers, I will respond and let you know if you have them correct. They are not as easy as they appear.....
1. On September 20, 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail
from Spain to attempt to find a western route to the rich
Spice Islands. He was killed during the journey, but one of
his ships, the Vittoria, arrived back in Spain on September
6, 1522, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the
world. Sir Francis Drake was the first British navigator to
accomplish this feat, leaving on December 13, 1577, and
returning on September 26, 1580, on the Golden Hinde.
Which trip was shorter and by how many days?
2. On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth,
England, heading for the New World. The ship was about
90 feet long and 24 feet wide. On September 1, 1985, the
wreckage of the Titanic was found at the bottom of the
Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic was 882 feet long and 92 feet
wide. How do the length and width of the Titanic compare
with the length and width of the Mayflower? What is the
ratio of length to width for each? What conjectures can
you make about your findings?
3. The Mayflower is reported to have had 20 crew and 102
passengers. The Titanic had 899 crew and 1324 passengers.
What is the ratio of crew to passengers on each ship?
Why do you think there is a difference?