In this activity, students are given a situation in which a leaky faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop every two seconds. They are asked to decide if the water lost in one week would fill a drinking glass, a sink, or a bathtub. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 challenges, notes that mathematics is crucial for environmental and government agencies that must interpret data and report their findings to the public. The Hint states that a teaspoon holds about 20 drops. The answer page shows students how to convert the drops to gallons using an equation or a table. Related questions ask students to consider how much water is lost in one year by a single leaky faucet and by two million leaky faucets. Answers to all questions and links to resources are included. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse

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