When is 100 + 100 NOT equal to 200?
I'm about to challenge everything you have ever thought about addition. After all, it's one of the absolutes in the world:
2 + 2 = 4
10 + 11 = 21
100 + 100 = 50?
Every week, I would give my students a challenge on the side board; a brain teaser, a puzzle, or an interesting math problem. The ones that got the most traction were the number puzzles like the ones I'm sharing in this week's newsletter. The only hint I will give you is that this whole activity is a conversation starters for why the proper units matter. With that said, I'll open the challenge up to you:
Here they are!!!
When does 100 + 100 = 50?
When does 100 + 100 = 3 1/3?
When does 100 + 100 = 60.96?
When does 100 + 100 = 1.5625?
As a bonus, come up with one of your own and send it my way to see if my boys and I can figure it out!
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