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Product ID: Minimodule and Model Reality Check
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Barging Ahead: Optimizing A Trip Upriver

Author: Timothy Pennings


Barges are an integral component of the freight transportation system.
The capacity of a barge is 60 times that of a semi-trailer truck; and in tonnage
per mile, barges are 9 times as fuel efficient, saving shippers and consumers
over $7 billion dollars annually.

This student project for a first course in calculus offers students the opportunity,
as the CEO of a freight company, to help optimize the efficiency
of barging. A worksheet form suitable for class use is available upon request.

© 2022, COMAP, Inc.
UMAP Journal 43.2
10 Pages

Mathematics Topics:

  • Calculus

Application Areas:

  • Transportation & Travel

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