Runway Math

Planning fashion shows requires math skills. Sometimes a fashion show can be only a certain number of hours or minutes long. Designers must determine how many of their designs they can display at the show in that time. Sometimes designers know they want to display a certain number of designs. How long should the show be to allow all the designs to be seen? Designers can use division or multiplication to figure out things like these.

Suppose a fashion show will be 30 minutes long. Each model will walk on the runway for 2 minutes. She will walk to the front of the runway, stop so that people can look closely at what she is wearing, and walk back again. Then, another model will come out. How many designs can the designer show in 30 minutes? To find out, he divides:

30 minutes

This model shows a new design for a man's jacket.

2 minutes per design He knows he can show 15 designs.

= 15 designs

This model shows a new design for a man's jacket.

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