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Student Answers To Hummingbird Challenge Question # 2
Challenge Question # 2
"Approximately how many hours does the typical trip across the Gulf of
Mexico take, if a hummingbird beats its wings 4 million times at a rate of
75 wingbeats per second?"
From: NEW JERSEY It takes approximately 14.81 hours for a hummingbird that beats
its wings 75 times a second for a total of 4,000,000 wingbeats to
cross the Gulf of Mexico. Stephen Theodos Iselin Middle School Grade 7
ISELIN MIDDLE SCHOOL (ims@gorgon.com)
From: MASSACHUSETTS Liana Rasmussen and AJ Newell from Mrs. Amaru's class at Nauset Middle School
in Orleans, Cape Cod, Mass., figured that the hummingbird beats its wings
270,000 times per hour, and would take 14.8 hours to cross the Gulf of
Mexico. JOAMARU@aol.com
From: PENNSYLVANIA
Q: Approxamatly how many hours does the typical trip across the Gulf of
Mexico take, if a hummingbird beats it's wings 4 million times at a rate
of 75 wing beats per second?
A: 14 hours, 48 minutes, 42 seconds
Gabi Shoemaker Lock Haven Jr. High School
Lock Haven, PA Nancy Heilman (nheilman@oak.kcsd.k12.pa.us)
From: MAINE
Hi! Journey North, my name is Allison and my friend Tabby.
We think Challenge Question# 2 is 148 hours for a
rubythroatedhummingbird to fly over the Gulf of Mexico. We are from
Pemetic Elementry School in Southwest Harbor, Maine. From,
Allison & Tabby
Fran Howley (grade5fh@pemetic.u98.k12.me.us)
From: MARSHALL ISLANDS
It takes approximately 8,611 hours for a typical trip across the Gulf of
Mexico if a hummingbird beats its wings 4,000,000 times at a rate of 75
wingbeats per second.
George Seitz Elementary School Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Audrey Grade 6
George Seitz Elementary School (gses@tcsn.net)
From NORTH DAKOTA
It would take approxiametely 15 hours for the hummingbird to complete its
trip across the Gulf of Mexico.
Jolina Miller
Des Lacs Burlington High School
Grade 10, 3rd hour
(miler@sendit.nodak.edu)
From VERMONT
Fourth graders from Ferrisburgh first wanted to know how many seconds it
would take to cross the Gulf of Mexico. We divided 4 million by 75 and
got 53,333.33 seconds. Then we divided the seconds by 60 to get the
minutes. That was 888.88 minutes. Divide the minutes by 60 and you get
14.18 hours. So, we know that it would take over 14 hours to cross the
Gulf of Mexico.
Craig, Andrea, David and Taylor
lthurfer@pop.k12.vt.us
From MINNESOTA
The Hummingbird takes 14.8 hours to cross the Gulf of Mexico.
Kenneth
Belle Plaine Elementary
Belle Plaine, Minn.
0716bpel@informns.k12.mn.us
From ONTARIO
The typical trip across the Gulf of Mexico for a Hummingbird is 14.81 hours.
The way I got this answer was I knew it beats its wings at a rate of 75
times per second and that there was 60 seconds in 1 minute, and 60 minutes
in 1 hour. So I multiplied 60 x 60 = 3,600. There are 3,600 seconds per
hour. Then I multiplied 3,600 x 75 = 270,000. Next, I knew that the
hummingbird beats its wing 4 million times while crossing the Gulf of
Mexico. Then I divided 270,000 into 4 million and came up with the answer
of 14.81 hours per trip.
KaitiJo Chianetti, gr. 5, Bobcaygeon Public School
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
From WEST VIRGINIA Dear Journey North,
We are a third grade class at Kanawha Elementary School. We would
like to respond to Challenge Question #2. We multiplied 60 seconds times 60
minutes. It equalled 3600. Then we multiplied 75 wing beats per second of
the hummingbird and multiplied 3600 times 75 and got 270,000. We then
divided 270,000 into 4,000,000 and our answer was 14.81 or rounded off to 15
hours to get across the Gulf of Mexico. Sincerely,
Brittany Bunner, Megan Gorrell, Jasmine Davis, Andrew Breedlove, Kevin Vannoy JR Null, (with help from Mrs. Lemon and Mr. Phillips)
jsphilli@p34.s212.c96.k12.wv.us (Jay S. Phillips)
