How far is your house from school?
Students will answer this question in two different ways using Google Maps. They will find the distance using surface roads and the displacement "as the crow flies."
This activity is engaging because students get to use a well-known technology to more deeply explore values that directly apply to them every day.
Students will be able to:
• Distinguish between distance and displacement.
• Calculate a distance using Google Maps.
• Calculate a distance using the Google Maps distance tool.
• Calculate the displacement using x- and y components.
This is a good activity for enrichment of existing curriculum as well as for subs.