Unit 1 Section 4 : Networks

In this section we consider networks.

A network is a system of points with distances between them. A network can represent roads, pipelines, cables etc.
Typical problems with networks involve finding the shortest path between one point in the network and another.
For example, a driver might use a network of distances between places to find the shortest route between two places.

The slideshow below shows an example of finding a "shortest route". Use the left and right arrows to view the slideshow.

Example 1
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It can be helpful to cross off paths which are no longer needed as you go along.
You can cross off a path to a particular point if you have already found a shorter
route to that point. The example below shows you how to do this in practice.

Example 2
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Exercises

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Question 1
The network diagram below shows the distances between some towns and cities.

 

(a) Find the shortest route between Manchester and Nottingham.
    (i) The shortest route is via
    (ii) The shortest distance is miles.

(b) Find the shortest route between Sheffield and Birmingham.
    (i) The shortest route is via
    (ii) The shortest distance is miles.

Question 2
The network diagram below shows the journey times in minutes between five places in a town centre.
The places are marked S, A, B, C and T. You need to find the quickest route from S to T.
 
NOTE: In part (a), you can give the route by entering the letters on the route.
For example, if you think the quickest route is S to B to C to T, then enter
Write your answer in CAPITAL LETTERS and don't put in any SPACES.

(a) What is the quickest route?

(b) How long will the quickest route take?
minutes

Question 3
The network diagram below shows the distances in miles between some towns and cities in the south west of England.
 
NOTE: Give the shortest routes by entering the
letters on the route as described in Question 2.
For example, the route from Minehead to Taunton
to Exeter would be entered as MTE.

(a) Find the shortest route from Wadebridge to Exeter.
 (i) The route is
 (ii) The distance is miles
(b) Find the shortest route from Plymouth to Minehead
 (i) The route is
 (ii) The distance is miles

Question 4
The network diagram shows the distances between some places on the Isle of Man.
 
Find the shortest distances between these places:

(a) Douglas and Sulby
miles

(b) Ramsey and Port Erin
miles

(c) Peel and Laxey
miles

Question 5
Use the network diagram below to find the shortest distance between Carlisle and Lincoln.
 
The shortest distance is miles.


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