# Mathematics in Real Life Contexts - Air Travel

A collection of three resources exploring the mathematics used in air travel. Students explore: *Scheduling of aircraft, the construction of timetables and dealing with time zone differences. *Scheduling pilots, using formulae to calculate the working time of pilots. *The use of formulae to calculate flight charges accrued by aircraft flying over different countries.

## Resources

### Scheduling Aircraft

The flight from Singapore from London takes 13 hours and 35 minutes. Given the take off time and the fact that Singapore is 7 hours ahead of London, students are asked to find the local time the plane lands in London. Students are posed a series of problems and tasks relating to other flights between Singapore and...

### Scheduling Pilots

There are strict limits on the number of hours that pilots can work. A formula is given which is used to calculate 'stick' time, the actual working time for a flight with a scheduled flying time of t minutes. Students are required to use this formula to solve a number of problems posed. Students are asked to graph...

### Flight Charges

Countries charge for planes to fly through their airspace even if the plane does not land. Different countries levy different charges, therefore plane companies consider a number of different routes and calculate the associated charges with each route. The formula used to fly over Europe is considered and an...

Subject(s) | Mathematics |
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Tags | n.a |

Age | 11-14, 14-16, 16-19 |

Published | 1990 - 1999 |

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URL | https://www.stem.org.uk/cx64t |

### Published by

- Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching