STEAM | 12 August 2015Use Your Math Skills to Design a Skyscraper Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Math, like any other subject in school, has its pros and cons. There are always a couple of fun projects to look forward to (like this “Count and Crunch” project that uses m&m’s to teach about ratios!), but they never seem to balance out the endless sheets of multiplication tables and long division equations. Instead of being the kid (and there’s always one) wailing, “When am I ever going to use this math in real life?” dig in your heels and embrace the hard-to-solve problems, because a little math now can lead to some super awesome jobs in the future. Do you love playing video games? Video game designers use math all the time, from physics to calculus! Do you dream of creating a real life WALL-E one day? Math is a must for all robotics engineers! And speaking of WALL-E, animators need to have a good understanding of trigonometry and algebra as well! The books in QED’s You Do the Math series allow you to step into the boots of cool workingmen and women who use math everyday, such as architects, astronauts, and detectives, and show how you can use your own math skills to get the job done as well! In Design a Skyscraper, an architect takes you through the steps of constructing a skyscraper from drawing up the blueprints to cleaning the finished windows. You choose and secure the site, dig the foundations, construct the frame and figure out electrical wiring and plumbing – all with math! Design a Skyscraper takes real-life skyscrapers, such as the illustrious Empire State Building, and uses its dimensions and features to create engaging and interesting math problems. Test your math knowledge in the excerpt below, and see if you have what it takes to be a math-wielding architect! Going to the Top Excerpted from Design a Skyscraper Your skyscraper will have express lifts that move very quickly, traveling at over 16 metres every second – that is faster than an Olympic sprinter! Here are the speeds of the lifts in some of the world’s tallest buildings: Empire State Building – 6 metres per second Jin Mao Building – 7 metres per second Burj Khalifa – 8 metres per second 1. The highest a lift will travel in the Empire State Building is 318 metres. How many seconds would the lift take to go from ground level to the top, if going at the average speed and not stopping? 2. The highest a lift will travel in the Burj Khalifa building is 504 metres. How many seconds will the lift take to get there? 3. The observation deck of the Jin Mao building is 343 metres up and on the 88th floor. a. How many seconds would the lift take to reach there from ground level, going at an average speed? b. If the lift stops four times on its way to the 88th floor and each stop lasts 20 seconds, how long would the journey take? Give your answer in minutes and seconds. 4. A lift in a skyscraper took 3 minutes and 34 seconds to travel from ground level to the observation deck. a. How many seconds is this? b. If it left ground level at 12:25 and 40 seconds, what time did it reach the observation deck? (Answers: 1. 53 seconds; 2. 63 seconds; 3. a. 49 seconds b. 2 minutes 9 seconds; 4. a. 214 seconds b. 12:29 and 14 seconds) Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.