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TAKS Concept:         Reading Comprehension (I)

TAKS Math Q1. How are car makers competing in the Formula One race ?

TAKS Math Q2. Why is cheetah losing its race for survival ?

TAKS Math Q3.
Mountain Lion is also called Cougar, once occupied more territory than any other land animal in the Western Hemisphere. The mountain lion is a solitary, nocturnal animal. Exceptionally agile, the mountain lion can leap more than 18 feet in height and more than 20 feet in length. It can drop more than 50 feet from a vantage point onto prey without suffering injury. The mountain lion can run approximately 35 miles for hour for short distances. The Mountain Lion uses its long, heavy tail like a rudder when turning sharply to catch prey such as deer. The mountain lion holds the Guinness record for the animals with the highest number of names. In the English language the mountain lion has more than 40 names. Unlike the tiger or the lion, the mountain lion cannot roar because of the structure of its larynx, or voice box. Instead, it produces a high-pitched scream, earning it a place in American folklore.

How high can a mountain lion jump ?

TAKS Math Q4. downforce can enhance adhesion to the track....
What does the word adhesion mean, in the above context ?

TAKS Math Q5.
Racing began after the automobile was invented. The first recorded car race was held in 1887 in Paris, France. The race was 2 kilometers long and was won by Georges Bouton, however he was the only one that raced in that competition. The first real race was held later in 1895. It was from Paris to Bordeaux, in France. The first auto race in the United States took place in Chicago Illinois. The course went from the South side of the city, along the lakefront to Evanston, Illinois and back. The race was over an 54 mile long, with Frank Duryea winning in 10 hours and 23 minutes. In modern times, single-seater (open-wheel) racing is a popular form of motorsport, with cars designed specifically for high-speed racing. The wheels are not covered, and the cars often have aerofoil wings front and rear to produce downforce and enhance adhesion to the track. In Europe and Asia, open wheeled racing is commonly referred to as "Formula". The best-known single-seater race is called Formula One. It is World Championship for drivers and constructors of around 18 races a year. Major international car manufacturers, such as Ferrari, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Honda, Renault provide the cars. It is an ongoing battle of technology and driver skill and talent. The sport is one of the top five ,watched sporting events in the world, alongside the Soccer World Cup, the Olympic Games, the Super Bowl. Formula One is the most expensive sport in the world, with some teams spending in excess of $400 million per year. In North America, the cars used in the National Championship (currently the IndyCar Series) have traditionally been similar though less sophisticated than F1 cars, with more restrictions on technology aimed at controlling costs.

Why was the race held in 1895 called “the first real race” ?

TAKS Math Q6. When does a mountain lion hunt ?

TAKS Math Q7. How do we know that navigation is an important skill that a Monarch butterfly demonsrates ?

TAKS Math Q8.
The sleek and long-legged cheetah is losing its race for survival. Unlike other cats, the cheetah has a leaner body, longer legs, and has been referred to as the "greyhound" of the cats. The world's fastest land mammal, the cheetah, is the most unique and specialized member of the cat family and can reach speeds of 70 mph. Now restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, wild cheetahs once were found in most of Africa, the plains of southern Asia, the Middle East and India. Loss of habitat, conflict with humans, as well as its own loss of genetic variation, are the main threats facing the cheetah today.
The Cheetahs are very clumsy fighters. The result is that although the cheetahs are the best hunters in Africa, they lose much of their prey to the more aggressive predators, such as lions and hyenas, who chase them away and steal their food.

At present, where can we find most of the world’s wild cheetahs?

TAKS Math Q9. Why is Cheetah referred to as the “greyhound” of the cats ?

TAKS Math Q10. Which is the “first flight” officially ?


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