Teaching Math

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  1. Mike I

    Mike I Supporting Actor

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    A little humor from the classroom...
    Teaching Math in 1950:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is
    4/5 of the price.
    What is his profit?

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    Teaching Math in 1960:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is
    4/5 of the price, or $80.
    What is his profit?

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    Teaching Math in 1970:

    A logger exchanges a set "L" of lumber for a set "M" of money. The
    cardinality of set "M" is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100
    dots representing the elements of the set "M." The set "C", the
    cost of production contains 20 fewer points than set "M." Represent the
    set "C" as a subset of set "M" and answer the following question:
    What is the cardinality of the set "P" of profits?

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    Teaching Math in 1980:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is
    $80 and his profit is $20.

    Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

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    Teaching Math in 1990:
    By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you
    think of this way of making a living?

    Topic for class participation after answering the question:
    How did the forest birds and squirrels "feel" as the logger cut down the
    trees? There are no wrong answers.

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    Teaching Math in 2002:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is
    $120.

    How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60?

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  2. KyleS

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    That was pretty good Mike.

    KyleS
     

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