Math in a Minute: Titanic Edition

Volume 3 Issue 25

The Titanic launched on April 10, 1912 from Southampton, England heading toward New York. But the ship never made it to New York.  After only four days, on April 14 at about 11:30pm, the Titanic hit an iceberg.  By 2:20am on April 15, it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic.

How big was the Titanic?

The Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches (269.06 m) long with a maximum width of 92 feet 6 inches (28.19 m). If a football field is 100 yards long, how many football fields long was the Titanic?

Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge, was 104 feet (32 m). If a story of a building is about 10 feet tall, about how many stories tall was the Titanic?

She measured 46,328 tons. An elephant weighs about 6 tons.  About how many elephants are equal to the weight of the Titanic?

How far did the Titanic go?

From Southhampton, The Titanic traveled 89 miles to Cherbourg, then

The Titanic traveled about 2560 miles before sinking.

Where is the Titanic now?

The wreck of the RMS Titanic is located about 370 miles (600 km) south-southeast of the coast of Newfoundland, lying at a depth of about 12,500 feet (3,800 m). About how many miles below the surface does the Titanic sit now?

How much did it cost to travel on the Titanic?

First class passengers had to pay $4350 per person; second class passengers $1,750; third class passengers only $30. How much money did the Titanic make on passenger tickets?

There were 325 first class passengers on board. Only 133 women, 6 children and 54 men survived.

There were 285 second class passengers on board. Only 168 men, 93 women and 24 children survived.

There were about 710 third class passengers. Only 14 men, 80 women and 24 children survived.

There were 885 crew members.

This site gives you more demographics (by class, gender, nationality, etc.) of the passengers on the Titanic...

How many could the lifeboats carry?

The Titanic had life boats as well as collapsible boats to help the passengers in case of an emergency. Those 16 boats, along with 4 “collapsibles,” could accommodate 1,178 people.  The lifeboats were designed to hold 65 people.  The first lifeboat that was deployed only had 28 people aboard. Titanic when full could carry 2,435 passengers, and a crew of approximately 900 brought her capacity to more than 3,300 people. As a result, even if the lifeboats were loaded to full capacity during an emergency evacuation, there were available seats for only one-third of those on board.The Titanic’s supply of lifeboats actually exceeded regulations.
When the lifeboats were gathered, they contained only 705 survivors.