Monday, November 19, 2007

Girl with Math Issues Going on Math Trip to Egypt

Okay, so I failed my first word problem.

If a flight leaves from New York at 6:30 PM and arrives in Cairo at 12:15 PM the next day, and the clocks in Cairo are seven hours ahead of New York’s, how long is the flight?

Here’s a hint; the answer is not 8 hrs 45 min as previously reported. I was thinking the time in Cairo was nine hours ahead, which it is if you’re in SLC. But if your flight is leaving from NYC, it just got two hours longer. Whoops.

I’m not sure how I’m going to survive the plane trip. I normally absolutely love traveling, despite the fact that I get jet lag and motion sick. But this year I’ve been—I don’t know how to describe it—mysteriously ill. I’ve lost 30 lbs without trying (which is strangely frustrating—it took me a year of jogging 5 miles a day, 5 days a week to drop 20 lbs). So, these days I feel thoroughly wretched after four hours of sitting in a car. Wish me luck.

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