The Race Is On....Get Ready, Set, Go!
Consider these "maximum" speeds for certain animals:
Suppose they will all participate in a 100-yard dash. But, you want it to be fair, with all of the animals finishing at the same time....with the fastest animal (Peregine falcon) being at the starting line.
- 60 mph for a cheetah
- 44 mph for a horse
- 242 mph for a Peregine falcon
- 35 mph for a rabbit
- 30 mph for a cat
- 25 mph for an elephant
- 43 mph for a coyote
- 0.17 mph for a tortoise
- 0.03 mph for a snail
Task #1: Explain where each animal should be placed (i.e. viewed as headstarts for the slower animals) to achieve this "same finishing time" race.
Task #2: If you were going to join in the race as well, where should you be placed?
Source: Adapted from Hubbard & Robinson's Intermediate Algebra, 1999, p. 168