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Chapter 5: Motion, Forces, and Simple Machines
 Methods of Travel How long does it take you to get to the other side of town? How long does it take to get to the other side of the country? If you were planning a road trip from New York City to Los Angeles, how long would it take? How would your trip change if you flew instead? When you plan a trip or vacation, it is useful to first estimate your travel time. Travel time depends on the vehicle you use, how fast you travel, the route you take, and even the terrain. For example, driving over rugged mountains can take longer than driving over flat farmland. With this information, you can plan your trip so you arrive at your final destination on time.
 What is the fastest way to travel between two specific locations?
 What's the fastest way to get from one place to another? Is flying always better than driving? What would you encounter along the way that could change your travel time? Form a hypothesis about what is the fastest form of travel.
 Goals Research travel times. Compare travel times for different methods of travel. Evaluate the fastest way to travel between two locations. Design a table to display your findings and communicate them to other students. Data Sources
 Plan Choose a starting point and a final destination. Identify the routes commonly used between these two locations. Study the common forms of travel between these two locations. Research how to estimate travel time. What factors can make your trip take more or less time? Do Make sure your teacher approves your plan before you proceed. Check this Web site for links to sites that estimate travel times and distances. Calculate the travel time and distance between your two locations for different methods of travel. Record your data in your Science Journal.
 Analyze the data recorder in your Science Journal to determine the fastest method of travel. Was it better to drive or fly? Did you investigate another method of travel? Calculate the average speed of the methods of travel you investigated. Which method had the fastest speed? Which method had the slowest? Use a computer (home, library, or computer lab) to create a chart that compares the travel time, average speed, and distances for different methods of travel. Use your chart to determine the fastest method of travel. What factors add to travel time? Share your data by posting it in the form below.
 Compare your findings to those of your classmates and data posted on this site. What is the farthest distance investigated? The shortest? What factors can affect travel time for the different methods? How would your travel time be different if you didn't have a direct flight? Infer how the average speed of an airplane flight would change if you included your trips to and from the airport and waiting time in your total travel time.

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 Methods of Travel Starting Point and Final Destination Methods of Travel Travel Time Average Speed Distance Traveled Starting Point and Final Destination Methods of Travel Travel Time Average Speed Distance Traveled Starting Point and Final Destination Methods of Travel Travel Time Average Speed Distance Traveled Starting Point and Final Destination Methods of Travel Travel Time Average Speed Distance Traveled * City: * State: Select Your State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Not Applicable * School:
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