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sherry

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: a little light humor
Posted: Jun 18, 2008 8:41 PM
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We are in a rural area and gave the exam to our accelerated 8th
graders. Those kids who have snowmobiles and 4 wheelers got it. Those
that do not did not. They viewed it more as a unit pricing problem.

On Jun 18, 2008, at 8:32 PM, Evan Romer wrote:

> I too am glad you brought up the gas mileage question. I thought it
> was a very poor question. Excellent idea for a question, but the
> last time I checked, "gas mileage" was not part of the IA
> curriculum, so how can the state expect students to know what it
> means? And sure enough, many did not know what it meant. If they
> wanted us to teach "gas mileage," they should have told us that.
> Since they didn't tell us that, they have no business using it on a
> test.
>
> It's too bad, because the problem is an excellent example of using
> and understanding math. But it needed to be written in a way that
> did not depend on students knowing that phrase.
>
> (I would also guess that suburban and rural kids would be more
> likely to be familiar with it than urban kids, but I don't really
> know.)
>
> -- Evan Romer
> Susquehanna Valley HS
>
> On Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 07:01 AM, Cynthia Chuttey wrote:
>

>> Thanks, Tom, I was hoping someone would mention the gas mileage
>> question. We, too, had MANY students calculate correctly, but
>> choose Tom with the better mileage. 9th graders aren't filling up
>> their tanks, yet. Perhaps we'd have better results if the
>> question turns up on the Math B?
>>
>> Cindy
>>
>> ________________________________
>>
>> From: owner-nysmathab@mathforum.org on behalf of
>> TKENYON@crcs.wnyric.org
>> Sent: Wed 6/18/2008 12:16 AM
>> To: nysmathab@mathforum.org
>> Subject: a little light humor
>>
>>
>> A little off topic, but concerning the miles per gallon question:
>> We had quite a few students correctly calculate the number of
>> miles per gallon each car gets, (12.5 and 15) but then chose Tom's
>> car as being better than Ann's, because the number is lower.
>>
>> FINALLY! We now know why SUV's have been selling so well for all
>> these years!
>>
>>
>> -Tom
>>
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