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hypotenuse

Little did I know that Pythagorus would have such a huge impact on my commute. Here’s why:

My new job is in a building 3 blocks closer to home and my daughter’s school.

And those 3 mere blocks change everything. From the old building, it would take 29 minutes to walk from work to my daughter’s school to pick her up at extended day. And that was just a little too long to do, so I never walked. I rode the bike, took the bus, or drove.

But from my new job in the new building, its now just a 24 minute walk and somehow it doesn’t seem so bad. And here’s where Pythagorus makes it even better:

Since I had always traveled to my daughter’s school on a wheeled vehicle, I had entirely ignored a diagonal shortcut street because it was one-way in the wrong direction. However, since I now entertained the notion of walking to her school, I noticed that the shortcut was in effect a hypotenuse, thus diminishing the two major legs of the commute by an additional square root of the sum of the squares of the two other legs of the trip. If you work out the numbers, you save an additional 8.062 minutes.

Which makes it 15.938 minute walk at the end of the day.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Ben Brophy | January 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    You might enjoy GMaps Pedometer:

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/

    I use it to obsessively work out shortest routes for walking around Cambridge.

  2. Bill | February 12, 2008 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    How many Smoots is that?