Monthly Archives: January 2014

Would you rather…?

Would You Rather? Asking students to choose their own path and justify itmiles-vs-days

Would you rather earn a dollar for every foot in 1 mile OR earn a dollar for every day you’ve been alive? Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Well I’m old so the answer is easy for me…but for our students there’ll be some mathematical thinking involved in deciding the most profitable path.

Would you rather? is a fabulous site, full of interesting questions, like the one above, requiring critical thinking and mathematical reasoning to answer. Some other recent questions include:

  • Have a 30 acre crop planted with seeds that carry a 58% survival rate OR have a 50 acre crop planted with seeds that carry a 42% survival rate?
  • Have 1 of 8 slices from a 10″ pizza OR 1 of 10 slices from a 14″ pizza? Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

Why not ask your students to quickly make a choice (write it on a slip of paper or set up a google form to vote) then spend some time justifying their choice mathematically. How many will change their mind? How many different answers will be right?