MAT 510

Homework Assignment 1

Due in Week 1 and worth 30 points

Describe a work task, a hobby, or another activity that you regularly do, and sequentially list the various actions you take in order to complete this activity. You will need to repeat this activity to see if the changes you engage in will assist in reducing the amount of time. Consider the complexity of your list and the amount of steps required to complete the activity. Choose an activity that you complete on a daily basis. Please consider the choices below:

Preparing for a jog, workout, or other sports related activity.

Cooking a meal or preparing a sandwich.

Making coffee in the morning.

Cleaning the house.

Washing the car.

Bathing/grooming your dog or cat.

Setting up a grill to BBQ.

Answer the following questions in the space provided below:

  1. How many steps did it take you to complete the activity?
  2. What time did each step take and how much time was delayed between steps?
  3. What was the average time between steps?
  4. What was the average time each step took?
  5. Differentiate the main actions between doing and improving your activities.
  6. Determine the overall manner in which variation has affected your activities.
  7. Overall, how much time were you able to cut down on when engaging in the same activity while implementing the new changes?

To answer the questions follow the example below. The main objective of this assignment is to understand the difference between “doing and improving.”

Example for Assignment 1

Description of activity: One of my hobbies is cycling. I participate in fund raising events throughout the year. These events require proper cycling attire and resources such as special drinks to help with hydration and special snacks to maintain endurance and eliminate the chances of my bonking during the ride. Below is a description of my before and after attempts taken to improve the amount of time each step took.

  1. How many steps did it take you to complete the activity?

It took me 10 steps to complete the activity from waking up to arriving at the cycling      

event. The event began at 7 am in the morning requiring I arrive by no later than 6:30 am.      

Sleeping as much as possible is important so I would like to save some time in the

morning for sleep in lieu of having to get ready.

  • What time did each step take and how much time was delayed between steps?

Comparing the times between my first ride and now, you can see I have managed to save

                    time by preparing ahead of time.

  • What was the average time between steps?

In my case this is not applicable as the steps are separated in purpose unlike making a sandwich or mean where steps are interconnected.

  • What was the average time each attempt took?

It took me 95 minutes to get out the door the first time and 29 minutes to get out the door the second time. This resulted in a 66-minute reduction in time from getting up to arriving at the event. The first attempt took an average of 9.5 times and the second attempt took an average of 2.9 times.

  • Differentiate the main actions between doing and improving your activities.

The initial cycling event I attended, I was a novice and was unaware of how much time it takes me to get out the door to go cycling. Since I was under a time constraint

  • Determine the overall manner in which variation has affected your activities.

The standard deviation for the two activities were respectively 6.8 and 5.1 minutes

  • Overall, how much time were you able to cut down on when engaging in the same activity while implementing the new changes?

I was able to reduce my time by 66 minutes.

Name of activity: Preparing for Cycling event upon awakening

STEP Time (1st attempt) Time (2nd attempt) Difference
Step 1: Finding a matching pair of cycling socks 10 minutes 0 minutes Located matching pair of socks 10-minute reduction
Step 2: Putting on cycling clothes 5 minutes 5 minutes Clothes laid out and ready 0-minutes difference
Step 3: Locating cycling shoes 2 minutes 0 minutes Loaded shoes in equipment bag 2-minute reduction
Step 4: Preparing drinks and snacks for long ride 15 minutes 0 minutes Prepper drinks and snacks day prior – just grab and go 15-minute reduction
Step 5: Packing all needed supplies 2 minutes 0 minutes Packed helmets, gloves, and shoes in bag and placed in car day prior 2-minute reduction
Step 6: Fill bicycle tires with air 18 minutes 0 minutes Prepped bikes day prior and also used maintenance area at the event 18-minute reduction
Step 7: Put Bike rack on the car 5 minutes 0 minutes Loaded bike rack day prior 5-minute reduction
Step 8: Loading bicycles onto bike rack 4 minutes 0 minutes Loaded bikes day prior 4-minute reduction
Step 9: Unloading bicycles and equipment needed during the ride 14 minutes 14 minutes 0-minute change
Step 10: Checking in and getting the riders packet Varies depending on arrival time. Earlier the faster processed 20 minutes Varies depending on arrival time. Earlier the faster processed 10 minutes 10-minute reduction
Total time 95 minutes total 29 minutes  
 
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