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    52 week saving challenge

    Spotted on my Facebook newsfeed: New Year’s resolution to save, based on this blog post, which shows a money challenge that results in an extra $1378 at the end of the year. Source: http://www.lifeasyouliveit.blogspot.ro/2013/07/52-week-money-challenge-update.html Source: http://www.goodshomedesign.com/52-week-money-saving-challenge/ The original blog post comments have become a flame war of sorts. Folks call $1378 practically nothing and others pipe up to defend saving at all. There are arguments about luxuries versus necessities. Some say that putting money in bank accounts is stupid. However, there are some comments that could spark a discussion related to arithmetic sequences and series and the feasibility of doing these savings challenges in real life: 1) “I’d think it…

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    the mouse problem

    I asked one section of students to create and solve their own geometric series word problem. After my repeated tirades about seeing mice in the classroom over the past two weeks, one provided this: “There has been a mouse infestation inside JQUS. The first day there was 4 mice seen. On the second day there were 12 mice, third day 36 mice. How many mice will there be on the 26th day?”


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