[PHOTO] Kumpf Students Relate Math To Maps

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Norberto Diaz displays the formula for finding the population density of San Luis, Argentina.

Norberto Diaz displays the formula for finding the population density of San Luis, Argentina. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Seventh grade students in Miss Faro’s mathematics classes at the Carl H. Kumpf School in Clark are using their knowledge of rates and ratios to discover information about geographical locations.

Upon completion of the section on rates and ratios, students began to learn about population density. They learned the formula to figure out how many people live in each square mile of a place. The class began with discussing how New Jersey has the highest population density rate in the entire United States.

Students found the population density for specific cities in New Jersey for a comparison. These cities included Clark, Cranford, Newark, Jersey City, Atlantic City and Princeton. They were able to compare the population densities of these places and concluded suburban areas are less densely populated than cities.

Once the class spoke about New Jersey, students found the population density of various other states and countries and created a table. Students were able to compare and learn about geographic regions while using the rate formulas they had learned.


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