We all know that driving a car/truck is how many of us get to point A to point B but we all have these questions of concerning these ways we get around, whether it being what's the shortest and quickest route, how much pressure is required to stop the car in 30 feet, or whatever. My question was very relevant to my live with myself thinking that the lights just love picking me out and stopping me, I would think that I would have spent years and years at redlights but never have known how long I have though. So, that gave me the idea of choosing my question being, “How much time do I spend at a Red Light per year?”.
I had chosen this question due to it being somewhat solvable with myself being able to research it by myself without the need of the internet’s facts and such. In order to answer this question of mine, I have to be able to look it up and research it. There are so many answers but not clear though so I went ahead and did my own scenario. Knowing myself and how much limited time I had, I could not have sat a red light and researched the time cycles and the cars average time being spent at a red light, I came up with the conclusion to make up my own yet very reasonable time cycle for each stop light I go through in town to get to school for a year making that 4 traffic lights.
After making my diagrams of each light I had to find the average time I spent at a light. Let's say the the total time of a light cycle is 100 seconds. 60 seconds green, 37 seconds red, and 3 seconds orange. I would add the orange seconds up with the red light seconds giving me 40 seconds a wait. I would then add and count down the wait seconds such as 40+ 39+38+37, all the way down to 1 second. That all added up would give me an number in which I would then divide by the total seconds of the cycle of that light that's 100. Giving me a answer, I would do that for all lights and add all them up then multiplying that by how many days are in a year. I would then convert them to minutes then to hours a year.
After doing this project, I do wish that I would have had more time to do this project so I could ACTUALLY research the lights and have a more realistic problem to do. I wish that I could have came up with a more complex mathematical formula for this project, but I am very happy with my result in my answer and I would definitely do it again!