“Skinny” Diet Pepsi Can WCYDWT

Diet Pepsi will soon be available in a “taller, sassier new Skinny Can” that the company says is a “celebration of beautiful, confident women.” (Article linked by @21stcenturychem and found here.) I’ll table the discussion on whether or not this can is “sassier”, but if the can is 6 inches tall, how wide must it […]

How many pieces of Toast?

Once again, OK Go has an innovative video. Naturally, how many pieces of Toast?  Answer is here. Bonus: Did they use both sides of the bread for the drawing?  Did they reuse any blank toast? How long would it take to toast all the pieces at setting 8? Update (11-16-10): Class calculations for how many […]

How Many: People

(note: this post was previously under: Two problems, but it seemed better to split the two problems into separate posts. The other problem is found here.) How many people where at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear? Gave the applied math class this picture: (thanks to @samjshah for finding this image for me.) Asked for, and recorded […]

How Many: Folds

(note: this post was previously under: Two problems, but it seemed better to split the two problems into separate posts. The other problem is found here.) If you could, how many folds of a sheet of paper would it take for the thickness of the paper to reach the moon? Asked for them to write their guesses down […]

How Big is that Pumpkin?

This is the second time I’ve done this lesson.  You can read up on the previous attempt here. Quick synopsis: There is a local contest to determine how much a large pumpkin weighs, the winner receives a year Family subscription to the YMCA (worth about $800).  This contest concludes on Halloween. Step 1: Find the […]

Paper Towels WCYDWT

As the subtitle to this blog suggests, I look for patterns.  What questions do you have after seeing these three pictures of paper towel packaging?   Addition:  For those who’d like the prices for the “giant” and “big”.  

Data Density

Following question driven by seeing a box of floppy discs in tech room. Question: How large would the floppy disk have to be to hold a hard drive of content? Facts: A floppy disk holds 1.44 MB The largest consumer hard drive is 2 TB Size of a desk? room? building? field? town? Extension 1: […]

Track(ing) the tips

For the past two summers, I’ve worked at the oldest horsetrack in the country, Saratoga Racetrack. I work as a mutuel teller and my job has me selling and cashing bets. It’s an okay job, the pay is not high, but it’s quite flexible and it’s totally different from teaching and so the break is […]

Bricks (WCYDWT)

How many pallets of brick,do you need to make these, or this? I’ll try this problem out for the first day of class in Applied Math.  What extra information do they need?