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Would You Rather…

Gas Pump (1)

Wait in Line A or Line B to fill your vehicle with gasoline?

An assumption being made is that the hose for the gas pump will reach either side of the vehicle without any problem.

Whichever choice you make, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Dan Meyer tackled a similar issue here with the shopping cart dilemma.

Want to tweak the numbers? You can have the original, make a copy in your Google Drive, then have at it.

Would You Rather…

Basketball Players (1)

…have Player A, B, or C on your favorite basketball team? This is the only information available at the moment!

Whichever option you choose, please justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Teachers, this option may be another option for your students. Feel free to manipulate it to make it yours!

Here is the original tweet from @calcdave. Thanks to @emergentmath, @absvalteaching, & @cmmteach for help

Would You Rather…

bath towels vs soap

Be required to carry 30 bath towels OR 80 bars of soap? The distance or duration is up to you, but come up with a standard for the class. Also, some Google searches may be necessary to make your decision.

Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics. Maybe you can stack bars of soap in an array that’s easy to carry. Maybe you can load up on bath towels.

How much does a bath towel weigh (on average)?

How much does a bar of soap weigh (on average)?

This would also be a fun experiment to do in class with bath towels and bars of soap.

Would You Rather…


h/t @mjfenton

Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

For this one, you’re going to want to be prepared:

For the record, I am not condoning the lottery. However, this is a fun activity for students to think about. Oh to dream…

Would You Rather…

Pounds of coins



40 POUNDS OF QUARTERS? (h/t @approx_normal for this one)

Whichever option students choose, be sure to justify the reasoning with mathematics.

Data from the US Mint might help.

After students finish, have them contemplate what they’re going to do with all that coin!

This is based on a true story. It might also be fun to do some fact-checking and hypothesize why the numbers are different