Math in the News Issue 59

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In this issue of Math in the News we look at the great Monarch butterfly migration.

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Math in the News Issue 59

  1. 1. Math in the News Each year the great Monarchbutterfly migration from Canadato Mexico starts in September.This 2000-mile trek has becomean international sensation. Scientists track the movementsof the butterflies. And we canuse their data to measuredistance and speed. In this issue of Math in the The Butterfly MigrationNews we study the migration ofthe Monarch butterfly.
  2. 2. Math in the NewsWatch this amazingPBS video to learnmore about theMonarch butterfly’smigration fromCanada to Mexico.http://video.pbs.org/video/1063682334/
  3. 3. Math in the NewsThere are severalWeb sites thatmonitor themigration of thebutterflies. Click onthis link to see aninteractive map.http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_peak_fall2012.html
  4. 4. Math in the NewsYou can estimate thestraight-linedistance thebutterflies havetraveled byconnecting a linefrom two differentmigration-locationsites. You would alsomake a note of thetime period thisrepresents.
  5. 5. Math in the NewsTo calculate the average speed of themigration divide the total distance (inmiles) by the total time (in hours)
  6. 6. Math in the NewsWe will be trackingthe migration of thebutterflies fromSeptember toNovember. So keepcoming back as wegather more data!

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