Answer page for "Forest Gump".
Here is part of Steven's project. He is a Year 11 student and was awarded an A+ for this answer.
"When I first heard of the question, I thought it would be easy, but it is actually not. Because I must take take the leap year into account as well as the months, since they may have 28, 29, 30, 31 days in each.
Therefore I might calculate the highest number of days possible and the lowest possible.
To get the highest I should start in July and August since both have 31 days.
I could also start in December and January for the same reason. For largest number of days I must include a leap year of 29 days.
This will give a total of 1172 plus 16 hours which is really 1173 days.
The lowest number of days is 1168 plus 16 hours or 1169 days.
To get this avoid a leap year but run through 3 Februarys. Perhaps start in February.
So the possible totals are between 1173 and 1169 days.
I have found it makes no difference to the totals if I take Forest starting during a month or at the beginning of the month. The result isnt affected.
For ease I will take him starting at the beginning of a month.
Now if I have a closer look at the movie.
By looking at the clothes and then how people are dressed,
Forest starts in the spring or early summer.
He finishes in the winter or early spring.
Also one can tell this by looking at the trees and the scenery. Do the trees have leaves! Winter in the USA is in December, January, February.
A big clue occurs at the end after Forest has finished and gone home. President Reagon is shot in the streets. This happened on 30th March 1981.
Therefore Forest possibly stopped running either in March or February 1981.
If he stopped in March he would have started in January 1978. This would mean (365 x 3 + 31 + 28 + 14) days plus 16 hours which is 1168days 16 hours or 1169 days!
If he stopped in February he would have started in December 1978. This would mean (365 x 3 + 31 + 31 + 14) days plus 16 hours which is 1171days 16 hours or 1172 days!
I am going to say he ran for 1169 days. My reasons are ...."