I was driving on that bridge when I saw a gap in the bridge. It scared me so bad, so I got out of my car to see what it was. Why is there a gap?
Oh I see, when building a bridge, they give the bridge joints. Those joints expand when the weather is hot, like today.
Oh ok, since it's 30 degrees Celsius today, how big would the gap be?
Since it is 30 degrees today, the gap would be 0.9 centimeters. If it was 5 degrees hotter, the gap would be 0.65 centimeters, and if it was like -10, the gap would be 2.9 centimeters.
Ok, so how hot would it have to be for the gap to close all the way?
From what we know, it would have to be 48 degrees Celsius for the gap to close all the way.
This all sounds very familiar,isn't this slope or something along those lines? I'm having flashbacks from high school, hahaha.
Actually yes, this can be represented as slope. The slope is the rise over the run of a situation on a graph. So in this case, it would be -1/20. For every -1 degree hotter or colder, there would be 20 open or closed centimeters.
And while we are on the topic, the "y-intercept" of this situation on a graph would be 12/5, which is the same as the width intercept. And same for x, that would be 48, because that is when the graph closes.
Sorry, I was obsessed with math in school , so I get this kinda stuff.
That makes a lot of sense, thank you guys so much for the help!! Sorry for the false alarm!!