In this project, we each developed our own good question, with the focus around driving. My question I chose to pursue was "Does speeding really save time?" I expanded on this question and focused my research by creating four hypothetical situations. In the first, I showed a five mile drive with no stops at both 35 and 45 miles per hour to investigate the time savings of a short drive with no stops. I used lots of unit conversions and proportions to see how much time would be saved. In the second situation, I looked at a 500 mile drive with no stops, driving a speed limit of 65 miles per hour, and speeding at 75 mph. I found that at 75 miles per hour, you save over 1 hour, which is quite a substantial amount of time. Then I looked at 2 more situations to dive deeper because in most cases, you are not going to be driving without stops. In situation 1 I calculated the possible times for going 35mph in a 4 mile drive with 3 stoplights. Then in situation 4 I had the same distances and number of stoplights but going 45 mph. I had to use probabilities to calculate the chances of hitting the light at red or green, and depending on if you did or didn't calculate how it effected the rest of you drive. My conclusions from my work was that going ten mph over the speed limit with these last two situations saves almost no time because you are still hitting the same lights. At exhibition, there were many individuals that really enjoyed my project, so it really gave me a sense of satisfaction that I was able to show people this information.
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