# Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

There’s a lot to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Sure, it’s the busiest airport in the world. And yes, it’s within a two-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population. But perhaps the most important characteristic of this “airport city” is that it’s the biggest employer in the state with 58,000 jobs!

## Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

There’s a lot to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Sure, it’s the busiest airport in the world. And yes, it’s within a two-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population. But perhaps the most important characteristic of this “airport city” is that it’s the biggest employer in the state with 58,000 jobs!

### Science

S8P4.a

Ask questions to develop explanations about the similarities and differences between electromagnetic and mechanical waves.

S8P4.c

Design a device to illustrate practical applications of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g., communication, medical, military).

SP4.a

Develop and use mathematical models to explain mechanical and electromagnetic waves as a propagating disturbance that transfers energy.

SP4.d

Plan and carry out investigations to characterize the properties and behavior of electromagnetic waves.

SPS9.a

Analyze and interpret data to identify the relationships among wavelength, frequency, and energy in electromagnetic waves and amplitude and energy in mechanical waves.

SPS9.b

Ask questions to compare and contrast the characteristics of electromagnetic and mechanical waves.

### Social Studies

SS8E1.a

Evaluate the ways in which the Interstate Highway System, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, deepwater ports, and railroads interact to support the exchange of goods and services domestically and internationally.

SS8E1.b

Explain how the four transportation systems provide jobs for Georgians.

SSWG6.c

Describe the factors that influence the location and spatial distribution of economic activities, including the factors of site and situation (e.g., river systems, transportation hubs, research triangles, deep seaports).

1. One employee calls the HJIA a "city unto itself." Look at page 768 (Chapter 29, Unit 10) of the Georgia Studies textbook. Compare the necessities of a city government with the qualities of Hartsfield-Jackson. Using a Venn Diagram, map out the similarities and differences.

2. HJIA is consistently one of the largest airports in the world. What benefits does such a busy airport bring to an area besides jobs?

Drafting: to make a version of (something, such as a document or plan) that will need more work in order to be finished

Architect: a person who designs buildings

CAD: (computer-aided design) the use of computer systems to aid in the creation of a design

Geotechnical Engineer: a branch of engineering that deals with behavior of earth materials

Radar: a device that sends out radio waves for finding out the position and speed of a moving object (such as an airplane)

Simultaneous: happening at the same time

Efficient: capable of producing desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy

Frequency: the number of times that something happens during a particular period

Radio Waves: an electromagnetic wave that is used for sending signals through the air without using wires

Pyrotechnics: the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks

Aviation: the business or practice of flying airplanes, helicopters, etc.

• ### Special Thanks

DeAllous Smith, Louis Miller, Kevin Fuzell, Kathryn Masters

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