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Traffic Simulator

Traffic Simulator

 

Sticking with today’s theme of traffic and car related materials, Traffic Simulator gives you and your students a chance to see how slight changes in road systems, driving patterns, and other factors can lead to major back-ups on our roadways.

The initial pattern on the website is a steady circle of traffic (ring road), and you can manipulate different factors such as the total number of cars on the road, the number of those that are trucks, and the acceleration of those vehicles to show how each affects the traffic in a closed system.  Once you’ve played with that and messed up rush hour, you can try the other traffic patterns, such as adding an on-ramp (above), off-ramp, construction, hill, or detour to see how each can also change the traffic.  Different elements can again be manipulated to test the roads and demonstrate how different factors can lead to traffic nightmares.

Explanations of some of the physics and psychology of traffic are provided through the links on the sidebar, as well as different ways to use the simulation.  Traffic Simulator is a wonderful tool for seeing how traffic patterns can shift and change and what affects them, as well as providing students with some problem solving as they work through how to alleviate the traffic and find the ideal conditions for each roadway.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Websites

 

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Ancient Rome: City of Firsts — Infographic

Ancient Rome: Supercity of Firsts

The city of Ancient Rome has always been the city that others aspire to become.  It is always amazing to me how a city thousands of years old was able to actually be so modern in many aspects.  Today’s inforgraphic highlights some of the many mainstays in city living that we take for granted today that had their origins in Ancient Rome, such as apartment living, shopping malls, daily mail delivery, running water, and even trash collection.  [VIA]

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Infographics

 

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Photo of the Day – 1/23/14 (“Three Skyscrapers”, 1912)

Daily Photo — “Three Skyscrapers, 1912”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

New York circa 1912. “Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn.” The Singer Building rises at left along with the Woolworth tower and Municipal Building, both under construction. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 8/1/13 (Los Angeles, 1899)

Daily Photo — “Los Angeles, 1899”

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Circa 1899. “General view, Los Angeles.”  Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.

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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 4/24/13 (Michigan Central Station, Detroit)

Daily Photo — “Michigan Central Station, Detroit”

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“Michigan Central Station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS), built in mid-1912 through 1913 for the Michigan Central Railroad, was Detroit, Michigan’s passenger rail depot from its opening in 1913 after the previous Michigan Central Station burned, until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world.” (Wikipedia)  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and restoration projects are currently underway.

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Rome: Supercity — Infographic

Rome: the Supercity

Ancient Rome was once the most powerful empire in the world, covering almost the entirety of Western Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.  The seat of power for much of the empire’s existence was the city of Rome itself, unequaled in splendor in the ancient world and a city that saw a great deal of “firsts” that still exist in our modern cities.  Today’s infographic details many of these first and other impressive and astounding facts about the supercity of Rome.  [VIA]

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Infographics

 

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