City of New Orleans

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In the United States, most trains operate at a top speed of 100 miles per hour. Scholars use information on the distance and time of a train trip to determine if the train ever reaches a specific speed. They connect pieces of information to reverse solve formulas and equations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect the lesson to probability as well as geometry concepts
  • Have pupils list the maximum and minimum possible values for the speed
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of problem-solving strategies and rate formulas

  • Applies mathematical problem solving to real-life situations
  • Multiple methods work to solve the problem

  • None
Common Core