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Introduction:
Every day over 2500 people leave their homes and travel to Fletcher’s
Meadow Secondary School. Some people live close enough to walk, while
others need to drive or take the bus. Hopefully, however they get here, they
are safe and on time for classes!

Your task is to analyze the route that you use to get to school every day.

Process:
1. Using Google Maps (maps.google.com) print out a map that can show where you live and the
school on the same map.
2. On the map, draw vectors to clearly highlight the route you take. Neglect minor deviations along
your route to simplify the analysis. Number each vector.
3. Over 1-2 days, time how long it takes you to get to school or home from school. Average the
values.

Product:
Knowledge and Understanding
1. Describe how you get to school each day using vector vocabulary (displacement = distance and
direction) for each numbered segment of your route. For simplicity, assume that the top edge of
the map is directly North. (Note that you will need to use the map scale and a ruler to determine
distances and a protractor to determine direction.) [5 marks (map and description)]

2. Determine the following for your route [7 marks]:
a. Estimated travel time
b. Total distance
c. Total displacement
d. Average speed
e. Average velocity

Thinking and Investigation
3. How did you measure how long it would take you to get to school? How did you make sure you
were consistent? [2 marks]
4. Consider using an alternative form of transportation (e.g. biked instead of walked). How would
your route change to accommodate the new method of transportation? In qualitative terms,
describe how your total distance and your average speed would be affected. [5 marks]
5. Estimate the total distance travelled for everyone at FMSS to get to school every day. Describe

Application
6. Assess your route to school in terms of its environmental impact and people’s safety. What could
you do (or what could be done) so that your travels to school have less impact on the environment
or have more regard for people’s safety? [4 marks]
7. Suggest 3 practical ways that the FMSS community could cut down on the total distance or total
time we all commute each day to school. [3 marks]
Commuting to FMSS
Introduction:
Every day over 2500 people leave their homes and travel to Fletcher’s
Meadow Secondary School. Some people live close enough to walk, while
others need to drive or take the bus. Hopefully, however they get here, they
are safe and on time for classes!

Your task is to analyze the route that you use to get to school every day.

Process:
1. Using Google Maps (maps.google.com) print out a map that can show where you live and the
school on the same map.
2. On the map, draw vectors to clearly highlight the route you take. Neglect minor deviations along
your route to simplify the analysis. Number each vector.
3. Over 1-2 days, time how long it takes you to get to school or home from school. Average the
values.

Product:
Knowledge and Understanding
1. Describe how you get to school each day using vector vocabulary (displacement = distance and
direction) for each numbered segment of your route. For simplicity, assume that the top edge of
the map is directly North. (Note that you will need to use the map scale and a ruler to determine
distances and a protractor to determine direction.) [5 marks (map and description)]

2. Determine the following for your route [7 marks]:
a. Estimated travel time
b. Total distance
c. Total displacement
d. Average speed
e. Average velocity

Thinking and Investigation
3. How did you measure how long it would take you to get to school? How did you make sure you
were consistent? [2 marks]
4. Consider using an alternative form of transportation (e.g. biked instead of walked). How would
your route change to accommodate the new method of transportation? In qualitative terms,
describe how your total distance and your average speed would be affected. [5 marks]
5. Estimate the total distance travelled for everyone at FMSS to get to school every day. Describe

Application
6. Assess your route to school in terms of its environmental impact and people’s safety. What could
you do (or what could be done) so that your travels to school have less impact on the environment
or have more regard for people’s safety? [4 marks]
7. Suggest 3 practical ways that the FMSS community could cut down on the total distance or total
time we all commute each day to school. [3 marks]

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