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Why are airport runways numbered?

This Figure This! activity provides students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of angles and compass directions to solve a problem in the context of airport runways. The introduction calls students' attention to the numbers assigned to both ends of runways. Students are asked to find a missing runway number. The activity includes links to a solution hint, the solution, related math questions, and additional resources.
Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Publisher
Math TopicGeometry, Measurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Publisher
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2011 National Council of Teacher of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4
      Very practical application
      By Uncle Bob on 05/22/2012 - 10:22
    • A nice investigation with good background material, extra challenges for the self-directed learner. Seems that angles can be very important in this case.