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This activity challenges students to calculate, given the rate and hours per day in flight, how many days an arctic tern would require to fly the 9,000-mile roundtrip from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 real world math challenges, explains the importance of calculating distances for railroad companies, trucking firms, and airlines. The Hint suggests that students begin by calculating how many miles the tern flies in one day. Related questions ask students to calculate rates and distances for additional animal migrations. Answers to all questions and additional resource suggestions are provided. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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