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Going on a trip is a lot of fun, but it also takes a lot of planning. What are some of the things you need to decide before going on a trip?



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Your friend's parents are thinking of taking you and your friend on a trip to Orlando, Florida over the holidays. Before they make their final decision, they would like you and your friend to do some Internet research. They have given you this list of things to research:

  • The distance to Orlando, Florida by car in kilometres
  • The amount of time the drive will take
  • Some of the attractions you could visit and how much they will cost.


  1. Click on this link MapQuest: Driving Directions to find out the distance between where you live and Orlando, Florida. The Web site will also tell you how long the drive will take.
  1. Enter your home address under Enter a starting address. If you are not sure about your exact address, enter your town or city and your province in the appropriate boxes. Then under Enter a destination address, enter "Orlando" in the City box and "FL" in the State/Prov. box. Then click the Get Directions button.
  2. The MapQuest Web site gives you the total distance in miles. Using your knowledge of ratios, calculate the distance of the trip in kilometres. (Hint: There are 1.6 kilometres in a mile.)
  1. What is the average rate in kilometres per hour you would be driving? Show your work and explain your thinking. (Hint: The MapQuest Web site gives you the time your trip will take in hours and minutes. Before you make your calculations, convert the minutes into hours. Keep in mind there are 60 minutes in an hour. Express the number of hours as a decimal.)
  1. Click on this link to find out about some of the attractions you could visit in Orlando. Your friend's parents think they may be able to save some money if they buy tickets over the Internet. Choose 3 interesting attractions that offer discount tickets on the Web.
    1. Round each of the regular ticket prices and the discount ticket prices to the nearest whole number.
    2. Calculate the savings, expressed as percentages, for one adult discount ticket for each of the 3 attractions you chose.
    3. List the attractions in order from the greatest discounted ticket to the least.




Did you make all the necessary calculations to arrive at a solution to each problem?


Did you show all your calculations?

Did you explain your thinking at each step?