Math in the News: Issue 63

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In this issue of Math in the News we look at Columbus' voyages. We make some calculations based on map data. For more math resources go to www.media4math.com. …

In this issue of Math in the News we look at Columbus' voyages. We make some calculations based on map data. For more math resources go to www.media4math.com.

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  • 1. Math in the News Christopher Columbus is knownfor discovering America, but thatwasn’t his original plan. He waslooking for sugar, spices, andother riches east of Japan. Hebelieved that he could reachthose places by traveling west. In this issue of Math in theNews, we discover the routesChristopher Columbus traveledduring his four famous voyages. Christopher Columbus requestingWe use map data to draw some funds for his voyage from Queenconclusions. Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain
  • 2. Math in the NewsWatch this video tolearn more aboutChristopherColumbus and hisdreams, triumphs,anddisappointments.http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kid
  • 3. Math in the NewsThis is a map ofColumbus‘ firstvoyage. It took him40 days to reach SanSalvador, an islandin the Bahamas. Ifhe traveled 150miles a day, howmany miles in totaldid he travel?
  • 4. Math in the NewsColumbus madethree more voyagesto the New World.Here is a map of allfour voyages.Can you calculatethe number of mileshe traveled duringvoyages 2 through4?
  • 5. Math in the NewsThe map on the right is Columbus’ thirdvoyage. This trip took longer becauseColumbus was waylaid in the Doldrums, anarea with little wind off the coast of Africa.What other ways was the third voyagedifferent from the other three?
  • 6. Math in the NewsThe bottom map showsColumbus’ finalvoyage, which hecompleted in 21 days.If this trip was about3,500 miles, howmany miles did hetravel each day?Columbus wasconsidered a masterof the seas. Can yousee why?