# Going Round-Trip with the World’s Fastest Land Animal

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## Going Round-Trip with the World’s Fastest Land Animal

According to the Travel Almanac, the world’s fastest land animal is the cheetah. It can travel at up to 70 mph. Think of this scenario: A cheetah sitting under a tree sprints toward its prey at 70 mph. It runs back to its initial spot by the tree at a modest 40 mph. The cheetah has embarked on a round-trip. Going from point A to point B, the cheetah traveled at an average rate of 70 mph. Returning to point A, the cheetah traveled at an average rate of 40 mph.

Can we say that this cheetah’s average rate was 55 mph?

That’s one of the things you’ll determine as you work to complete this task. Make a conjecture. What do you think the answer will be?

## Directions:

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Before you begin, recall the formula that relates distance, rate, and time.

The distance formula is given by d = rt, where:

d represents distance. Common units are miles or feet.

t represents time. Common units are hours or seconds.

r represents rate or velocity. Common units are miles per hour or feet per second.

You can calculate distance by finding the product of an average rate of an object traveling and the duration of time for which it travels. Remember, units for distance and time must agree with the units for rate.

## Now let’s get started!

Step 1: Calculating distance at maximum speed

If the cheetah sprinted at maximum speed, how far would the cheetah have traveled?

- Set up an equation to represent the distance the cheetah covered in terms of t minutes running at maximum speed. Remember, units of distance and time must agree. Use the conversion information from the warm-up to write a rate in miles per minute.

D=tmin *1.1667miles

- Let t = 10 and solve for the distance the cheetah covered in 10 minutes.

D=11.667miles

Step 2: Calculating distance using varied speeds

Suppose the cheetah sprinted at maximum speed for 8 minutes and then slowed to 40 mph for the next 8 minutes.

- How far would the cheetah have traveled in the first 8 minutes? Show how you arrived at your answer.

D=9.3336miles

- How far would the cheetah have traveled in the next 8 minutes? Show how you arrived at your answer.

D=5.3miles

- How much farther did the cheetah travel in the first 8 minutes than in the second 8 minutes?

4.0336

- The cheetah traveled 1.75 times faster for the first 8 minutes than it did for the second 8 minutes. Was the distance traveled during the first 8 minutes 1.75 times greater than the distance traveled during the second 8 minutes? Show the calculation to justify your answer.

The first 8 mins was 1.75 times faster than the second 8 mins. 1.75*5.3=9.275 (compared to 9.3336) which is close enough considering slight rounding of numbers.

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