I just need someone to explain to me what I'm supposed to do/how to do this.
The following is a list of some nonrectangular-shaped states: California, Nevada, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine.
Select a state from the list and describe how you would find the number of square miles in the state. Break the state into general shapes that you can use to find the approximate area of the state. Find cities that are located at the approximate vertices of the general shapes if they were placed on a coordinate grid. Use Google Maps to find the distances between the cities and then calculate the number of square miles in the state.
In the discussion board, post a sketch of your state that includes city vertices and distances between cities), your solution steps, and a link to a website that has the actual square miles of the state. Comment on your process.
Pick a state from the list.....for example, Nevada.
On a map, draw rectangles and triangles to roughly fill in the shape of the state, like this:
(To do that, I took a screenshot of the map and used paint to draw the shapes onto it.)
Next we want to find the length of each side of the shapes. To do that, the directions say to pick two cities and find the distance between those two cities.
Vya and San Jacinto are the best two cities I found for the north side of the rectangle. Then I used the measure distance tool on google maps to find that length. (To use the measure distance tool, right click on the starting point, select measure distance, and then click on the end point.)
Once you know the lengths of the sides of the shapes, calculate the area of each shape. (Remember to get the heights of non-right triangles.) Then add all the areas together to get an estimate of the area of the state.
Does that help get you started?