Where in the world would you like to travel, and how might you use your math education to plan your travels? If you visit nearby locations you might travel by car and use math skills to determine distance, time, and mileage. If you fly or travel by train to faraway places you will need math to schedule flight lengths, take-off and landing times.
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Question: Tiffany arrived at the airport at 3:50 PM. Her flight was supposed to leave at 5:15 PM, but it was delayed for 2 hours. How long was Tiffany at the airport before her flight left?
Solution: The plane left 2 hours after 5:15 PM, which means it left at 7:15 PM. It is 25 minutes from 3:50 PM to 4:15 PM and then it is 3 hours from 4:15 PM to 7:15 PM, so the total time Tiffany was at the airport was 3 hours and 25 minutes.