Reserving a seat on an airplane isn’t exactly a sure thing. If too many people show up at the gate, then some passengers will have to get bumped to a different flight. So, why would airlines put their customers through such pain?
In 1973, the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, admitted 44% of its male applicants, but only 35% of its female applicants. Did UC Berkeley admit students unfairly?
More and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day in an attempt to cash in on the consumer spending frenzy, which has led to some public outcry. So why does it continue to happen?
Licensed to Ill
Health insurance reform is one of the most important issues in the United States. It’s also one of the most contentious. In this lesson, students use percents and expected value to understand how health insurance works.
My Fellow Americans
How do we elect the President of the United States? And is our way the best, or could we make some improvements?
On Your Mark
Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt is crazy fast. He's also crazy tall. Does his height give him an unfair advantage? We’ll see what would happen if athletes ran distances proportional to their heights. Would Bolt still have won the gold?
With his team down by 2 points, Memphis guard Darius Washington was fouled at the buzzer while taking a 3-pointer. What is the probability that he'll win the game...and should Louisville have fouled?
The Fall of Javert
At the end of "Les Miserables," Javert jumps from a bridge into the River Seine. We'll use quadratics to find out how high the bridge was, how fast he was going and whether he may have survived!
The Domino’s website allows you to build your own pizzas, but doesn’t specify how much they cost. We’ll use linear equations to find the base price (y-intercept) and cost per additional topping (slope) to figure out how much Domino’s is really charging for pizza.
How have video game consoles changed over time? We'll use exponential growth to explore whether they've followed Moore's Law.
How long would it take to burn off a Big Mac Extra Value Meal, and what would happen if instead of listing calories, restaurants had to specify nutritional information in terms of exercise?
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