## Pennies and Quarters

**Why I like this problem: **This problem is fairly straight forward and a good break from the harder ones. Students each get a different answer, which allows for class discussion afterwards.

**Observations from class: **I had assumed that all students would know their height and weight but they didn’t! I ended up having to ask the school nurse for a scale, and the problem unexpectedly became an exercise in measuring oneself with a measuring stick. I will come prepared for this next time I assign this problem. As students made decisions on which they would rather have, we kept a record on the board, which gave students data to formulate conclusions.

**Follow-up questions I asked: **

1. What mint-year did you base yourself on for the pennies? Would your answer be different if you had chosen another year?

2. Can you make a generalization regarding which option is more advantageous based on body type?

**Required skills / content: **Understanding height and weight, measuring height, the value of a penny and a quarter, multiplication.

**Links: **PDF / Google Doc