Cities and Gas Stations

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In Utah, one stretch of highway goes for 106 miles without a single gas station. Where should people build one? Scholars face the dilemma of where to place a new gas station between three cities. They consider distance and proximity to each to avoid becoming another Utah gas desert.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the best placement for the gas station
  • Plug in distances for each of the three sides and determine the distance between each city and the gas station
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of triangles, midpoints, and medians

  • Provides a solution key

  • Instructions for students lack clarity and require teacher intervention to explain the purpose and process
Common Core