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Areas of Science Pure Mathematics
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Many industries rely on scale models to develop new products and designs. Architects, industrial designers, artists, clothing designers, and car manufacturers all use scale models. Each model is built to a scale that relates the actual object to the model through a ratio. Can you determine a formula for constructing a scale model? You can use your formula to make a model of your house, school, neighborhood, or town (CUBE, 2002). You can make scale models of the Wright Brothers aircraft designs from 1900-1903. (Storm and Benson, 2003) You can also do the opposite, blow a model up into a life size object. Can you determine a formula to convert a model into life size? You can use your formula to evaluate if a model is realistic. Try comparing toy cars, dolls, dinosaurs, or action figures to life size objects. Are the models realistic? (McCoy, 2004; Fassett and Millbyer, 2006)

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