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    Star Wars Math for Star Wars Day

    By Mathnasium | Added May 4, 2016

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    Today is Star Wars Day! Forget the Dark Side, today is the perfect day to realize the power of "the Math Side". And we know the perfect way to do it—with a word problem! No, it's not a trap. Search your feelings, you know you can do it!

    General Leia is flying a T-47 Airspeeder to Echo Base at 650 kilometers per hour, and Han Solo is flying a T-65B X-Wing Starfighter to Echo Base at 1,250 kilometers per hour. If Han is 78 kilometers away and Leia is 39 kilometers away, then who will reach Echo Base first? 

    Take your time, may the force be with you, and when you're ready...

    ...Here's the solution:

    Leia reaches Echo Base first. Han has exactly twice as far to go to Echo Base, but his X-Wing is less than twice as fast as Leia's Snowspeeder.


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