markbusby

12th Oct 2003, 19:33

I am a 3rd year teaching student and currently have a maths assignment which involves investigating a "real world" problem mathematically. I have chosen to investigate changes in passenger load (with a 737-300,stansted to amsterdam) so as to see how less or more passengers affects cost efficiency with reference to variables such as luggage weight, fuel used, turn around times etc. I'm sure the investigation will show a larger passenger load will be most cost efficient, but less weight may mean faster travel, less fuel, less luggage, less passengers and so quicker turn around time and so more flights. Maybe then there would be more aircraft servicing and so more cost. There is a lot for me to 'get my head around' as I have little or no knowledge of this area.

I would really appreciate as much information as possible in regard to the variables mentioned above and any others that require thought. Do you use nautical miles? if so what is the distance to amsterdam from stansted? How much fuel is used per trip and what affects the consumption? How much slower is the plane with a heavy load compared to a light one?

I really, really would appreciate any help you could give me with this problem. I aim to be teaching primary age children in two years time and this would go a long way in helping me to get there!!!

Thank you very much (in anticipation of your help),

Mark.

I would really appreciate as much information as possible in regard to the variables mentioned above and any others that require thought. Do you use nautical miles? if so what is the distance to amsterdam from stansted? How much fuel is used per trip and what affects the consumption? How much slower is the plane with a heavy load compared to a light one?

I really, really would appreciate any help you could give me with this problem. I aim to be teaching primary age children in two years time and this would go a long way in helping me to get there!!!

Thank you very much (in anticipation of your help),

Mark.