# [Numeracy 442] Re: New Ideas

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Margaret Rogers mrogers-princess at att.net
Fri Jul 30 15:01:12 EDT 2010

Hi,

Remember I come from the math ed side, so usually just start with
logical thinking rather than the pure mathematics. I divided 5555/55
and got 101 as the average time it takes to get an egg. Since there
are five geese at work, I then multiplied by 5 and got 505. But now
that I read the question about a single goose, I might have just
lucked out on the answer - mathematicians advise. In any case, these
geese are really slow to reproduce : >)

I, too, thought immediately about the problems with a hen and a half....

Even if I was off base, I really love this stuff!

Margaret Rogers

On Jul 30, 2010, at 4:32 AM, Chip Burkitt wrote:

> Five geese lay 55 eggs in 5555 days. One-fifth as many geese will

> lay one-fifth as many eggs in the same amount of time. Therefore,

> one goose will lay 11 eggs in 5555 days. On average, the goose lays

> an egg every (5555 / 11) = 505 days. This type of problem is

> confusing because it contains two rates: eggs per day, and eggs per

> goose. It is reminiscent of the old puzzler that goes: "If a

> chicken and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half, how

> many eggs will 30 chickens lay in 30 days?" The key to solving such

> problems is to keep the rates separate. This one is also slightly

> different because we are actually interested in how many days it

> takes to get one egg rather than how many eggs per day.

>

> On 7/29/2010 1:29 PM, Istas, Brooke wrote:

>>

>> Good Job Chip!!! 505 is the answer. Will you walk us through how

>> you solve this?? Of course there are many ways to do this...but

>> if you would explain your method to the group that would be great!!!

>>

>> -Brooke

>>

>> From: Chip Burkitt [mailto:chip.burkitt at orderingchaos.com]

>> Sent: Thu 7/29/2010 12:52 PM

>> To: numeracy at nifl.gov

>> Subject: Re: [Numeracy 432] Re: New Ideas

>>

>> Sorry, not 20 but 505.

>>

>> On 7/29/2010 10:25 AM, Jacqueline Kiefer wrote:

>>>

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>>> From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-

>>> bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Nance Munderloh

>>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:42 AM

>>> To: The Math and Numeracy Discussion List

>>> Subject: [Numeracy 430] Re: New Ideas

>>>

>>> Hey Brooke,

>>> Married life is making you bold! I appreciate the discussions,

>>> and, although I am not a regular contributor, I have gained new

>>> insights from peers and implemented many suggestions into

>>> professional development for staff and “beefed up” curriculum and

>>> lesson plans locally. Looking forward to another year of peer

>>> discussion.

>>> Nance Munderloh

>>>

>>> From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-

>>> bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Istas, Brooke

>>> Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:36 AM

>>> To: numeracy at nifl.gov

>>> Subject: [Numeracy 429] New Ideas

>>>

>>> Good Day Everyone!

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>>>

>>> With that, here is a math challenge that was posted on Twitter:

>>> "5 geese in a gaggle produce 55 eggs in 5555 days. What is the

>>> avg. # of days it takes a single goose to lay an egg?"

>>>

>>> Have a great day and let's talk!

>>> Brooke Istas

>>>

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