The Great Flying Contest
by Randall L. Whipkey
As part of the effort to make summer science class interesting,
Mr. Bunsen had his students, including Carrie, pair off in girl-boy
teams to design balsa airplanes. The class then flew their creations
off Summerset Tor to see which plane had the greatest range.
When the postcards attached to the aircraft were returned from
the five towns, including Great Springs, where the planes had
landed, the students learned that their designs had covered five
different distances. From the flight recorder data below about
the Great Flying Contest, you should be able to determine the
names of each pair of designers and how far and to which town
their airplane flew.
- Among them, the five airplanes flew a total of 30.0 miles from
Summerset Tor; none of the planes covered more than 10.0 mi.,
with the shortest distance reached being 3.0 mi.
- Alexis and her partner's Pink Pelican soared 3.0 mi.
farther than Daniel and his partner's Balsa Bomber.
- Neither of the planes that landed in Mt. Pisgah and Rancho
Linda was the one built by Jeff and his partner.
- The aircraft that reached Hollyville traveled 1.5 mi. farther
than Tony and his partner's.
- The plane that flew to Four Corners covered 3.0 more miles than
the one designed by Brent and his partner, whose aircraft
flew twice as far from Summerset Tor as Susan and her partner's
- When he saw the florid Pink Pelican, Peter wisecracked
that he was glad he wasn't one of the pair responsible for
blinding everyone else.
- The plane that set down in Rancho Linda went 1.5 fewer miles
than Leah and her partner's craft.
- Mia and her partner aren't the designers who received the
postcard about their plane from Mt. Pisgah.
- Susan didn't partner with Daniel.
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