Exploring airport traffic, usage, hours of operation, and security statistics are all ways to model and bring relevance to math. Students soar while exploring the mathematics of aircraft: dimensions, cargo, fuel, and passenger capacity. Comparing two airports or aircraft would be valuable ways to extend their mathematical journey.
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Kimberly M. Lilienthal, firstname.lastname@example.org, is a professional development coordinator for the Placer County Office of Education in Auburn, California. She has a passion for math and engaging students in mathematical thinking through problem solving.
Edited by Christine D. Poulsen, email@example.com, a math grant coordinator for the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) and a project director for CaMSP Math Grant SUCCESS in Auburn, California. E-mail problem collections for the editors to consider for future Math by the Month columns. See detailed submission guidelines at www.nctm.org/tcmdepartments.