Monday, November 14, 2011

New Math Stinks!

p = 6 or 2 or 1 or whatever!

Parker is in Calculus. 
Maybe he should go back to Geometry.
Yesterday, *I* made this.
In light of the fact that no one will LET me hoard, I went on the proactive and started a friendly discussion.
"Okay, there are three of us.  Each of us gets a third of the pie."
"Uh huh!"
We're mature over here.

"Mom, it's not going to be like that. You won't ever eat a third.  You are just trying to hoard your part."
Am I REALLY that transparent?

He's right.  I won't eat a third.
I will eat ONE piece.

And we all sat down and had one piece together - a 1/8 of a pie piece.
Some of us had whipped cream and some of us had ice cream AND whipped cream.
And then, Parker had a second piece. with two more scoops of ice cream.
There was approximately half the pie left.

Here's where the math gets tricky
"Okay there's only half the pie left and you had a second piece Parker."
"No. There are three of us and there is a half of a pie left. So we each just ate 1/6."
"Except we didn't.  You ate more."
"Mom, there are three of us.  We each ate some pie and now their is half left, therefore we each ate 1/6 and going by your rule that we each get 1/3, we each get to eat 1/3 of what is left or 1/6 of the pie."

What kind of math is that?



Mama Badger said...

The math of a growing boy with a bottomless pit for a stomach. Don't hoard pie! Pie should be eaten while it's fresh and wonderful.

Donna said...

That kind of math is too complex for me!
Now I'm craving pie and whipped cream!

Silver Strands said...

.... OR - you could just save it for me to hop on over and have a piece too! YUM. Are you going to make one of those for Thanksgiving? Or ten of them?

Julianna said...

We had a casino night fundraiser at the Radison hotel last Friday night. At one point I was at the blackjack table with Youngest's 1st, 3rd, 4th, and K teacher.

You know none of us could add to 21 without the aid of fingers?

At one point his 3rd grade teacher yelled out, "CRAP! it's everyday math!"

Andrea-TheSockMonkeyMom said...

They do "Singapore Math" here. What the heck is that? Since the district is so poor, they can't take home the books (only one set of books and they are not allowed to leave the classroom - it's unbelievably sad), so everyday Dude's math teacher sends home an email with tips on how to help us parents help our kids....who are in the 4/5th grade.

I'm highly embarrassed to say, I can't do Singapore Math. Seriously, the way they teach it, I'd be dead before I figured it out the correct way.

Good thing my kids a genius or we'd really be in trouble ;)