Traveling…and math? Most of us don’t couple the two in our minds, yet a lot of math goes into getting from one place to another. Here are just a few examples, along with some links to resources you can use with your children.

Math is used to help design airplanes, to find a plane’s capacity, to schedule flights, and more. See www.planemath.com for some engaging, interactive activities illustrating some of math’s aeronautical uses. NASA also has some more activities and lessons on aerospace topics, many of which show some of the math involved.

Whether your travels involve air or auto travel, this page titled “Mathematics on the Go” offers some simple ideas of how you can illustrate math’s usefulness while traveling. Some of the ideas would make great family games on your next car trip!

Math’s applications in traveling is just one example of how math serves as a real-life tool–a tool we can use because of God’s faithfulness in consistently holding all things together.

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