Here are three new application problems that I came up with while teaching signed numbers this morning. Remember, I came up with these on the spot, during class. So, just imagine that the entire class is paying attention to each of these problems as I am writing them, trying to figure out what is going to happen next to Clyde in each of the problems. I hope you enjoy these!1. Clyde was walking down the street and he lost 1/3 of his vodka. A little later down the street Clyde encountered a zombie who wanted to steal another 2/5 of his vodka. The zombie agreed not to kill him if he told him the total loss that he incurred, as a signed number. 2. Clyde was running another scam where he collected $6.20 from people to buy an invisible potion of life. The local ghostbuster caught wind of this scam and blackmailed Clyde with a $3.30 charge. How much money does Clyde still have from this scam? 3. Clyde was in debt $12 to the local spy shop for some new night vision goggles that he needed to monitor paranormal activity coming out of the bottom of his shoes. When Clyde informed the spy shop that they forgot to include the complimentary antenna that comes with his goggles, they subtracted $4 off of his debt. How much does Clyde still owe, as a signed number?
Teaching Signed Numbers with Zombies, Ghostbusters, and Night Vision Goggles
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