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Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekly Article Reading

Click on this link:  Penguins

After reading the article, write your thoughts about the following quote using four to five sentences: "Nearly everybody seems to love penguins, and not enough people love math," he said. "If we use math to study penguins, we could potentially teach more people to love math, too!"

Math Problem of the Week (11/26-11/30)

You are in a classroom with 40 people of varying heights. The teacher/instructor of the room has asked you to exchange papers for the purpose of marking them. However, nobody is allowed to change papers with anyone that is shorter than themself.

How many exchanges will occur? Please explain how you arrived at your answer.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Halloween Photo

Please click on this link to read the article. 



Please give your opinion about the photo and tell whether or not they should have had to apologize.  Your answer should be in complete sentences and approximately a paragraph in length.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

City Demolition Project

Please click this link and read the article.  When you have finished reading, answer the following questions.

1.  Do you agree that the buildings should be demolished?

2.  Why do you think that it cost $14,000 to demolish a house?

3.  If you answered yes to #1, then give one reason why the buildings should NOT be demolished.
     If you answered no to #1, then give one reason why the buildings should be demolished.

YES I UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR REASONS ARE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Math Question of the Week (Nov. 12th-15th)

What is the most interesting math skill you have ever learned?  Which skill do you think you'll use the most in life? Why?

PLEASE USE COMPLETE SENTENCES. THIS POST SHOULD BE AT LEAST A PARAGRAPH.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Math Question of the Week- November 5th

Local residents have requested a traffic light at the intersection of Polk Road and Vine Street. They claim that the intersection has become unsafe for their children due to the high volume of drivers using these roads as shortcuts during rush hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In response, the street department installed a device that would count cars going through the intersection. The device counted the total number of cars each day for a two-week period. The department used the results to determine the average number of cars passing through the intersection each day. They decided the number was normal for an intersection with no light, and refused the residents’ request.

Explain how the residents can claim that the method the department used to collect the data does not provide valid information for evaluating their request.

Explain how the department’s method can be altered to provide more valid data.

Be sure to use complete sentences.