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Topic: a little light humor
Replies: 21   Last Post: Jul 11, 2008 1:49 PM

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 L.C. Posts: 144 Registered: 12/3/04
Re: a little light humor
Posted: Jun 27, 2008 11:30 AM

I just have to say something about a walkway!!

I think of a walkway as a sidewalk AROUND grass. When I first read it, I thought it was perimeter. I have been teaching for 20 years and quite honestly very confident in my math ability. I realized it was area because it said 54 square feet. I did have to read the question twice.

----- Original Message -----
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008 10:27 am
Subject: Re: a little light humor
To: nysmathab@mathforum.org

> I think it is up to the teachers to provide relevant examples for
> unit rate problems. If you're not doing unit pricing and miles per
> gallon problems when you teach unit rates, what are the teachers
> teaching? The curriculum can't be so specific that it has to tell
> you what kind of examples to use. Most textbooks I have seen
> include this type of problem.
>
> It's just like the walkway problem. This is a classic example of a
> word problem that leads to a quadratic equation. Draw as diagram,
> label the sides, write the equation, solve it, and throw away the
> infeasible root. My students can do this one in their sleep.
>
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