Would You Rather…

Pounds of coins

RECEIVE 500 POUNDS OF PENNIES

OR

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

Comments (8)

  1. Pingback: WYR: A pound of dimes or quarters? | Wheeler's thoughts on teaching

  2. danmeyer55351818
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  3. mathkaveli

    So I used this with 7-9 graders, it got a very interesting set of questions, lead to surprising results – even lead to the opportunity to use tech to help answer and verify questions. This is an awesome resource, I’ll be using it frequently.

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  4. brian

    40 POUNDS OF QUARTERS

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  5. Vinecia

    40 POUNDS OF QUARTERS

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  6. Vinecia

    40 POUNDS OF QUARTERS

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  7. lily

    500 lbs of quarters 🙂 =around $905
    40 lbs of pennies = around $798

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  8. lily

    500 lbs of quarters 🙂 =around $905
    40 lbs of pennies = around $798

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