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Insect flight record

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How high can insects fly?

The Empire State Building is 1450 feet high. Insects have flown up to 2250 feet higher than the Empire State Building. How high can insects fly?

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Solution

How high can insects fly?

The Empire State Building is 1450 feet high. Insects have flown up to 2250 feet higher than the Empire State Building. How high can insects fly?

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Well, no doubt this is an addition problem. Why? Because we measure the height from the ground,ceiling,ground,sky,tree top up, right? So an insect trying to establish a world record, should start on the ground, then fly past the top,entrance,basement,top of the Empire State Building which is at the height of 1450,1450,2250 feet and continue from there for another 2250,1450,2250 feet covering in all the total of 1450 + 2250 feet. The insect world record is then 3700,3600,3650,3700 feet.

References

  1. E. Charlesworth, 225 Fantastic Facts Math Word Problems, Scholastic, 2001

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