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Created On: 9/19/2010 10:31 AM
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 9/19/2010 10:31 AM
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holeinone1972
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So my 8 yr old daughter has homework..... it is a mtah problem, explain how you can make 82 cents using 8 different coins. My daughter asks me for help.

So I tell her to write the following:

(2) quarters
(1) 20 cent piece
(4) half cents
(1) dime

I am sure she will not get credit, but then I will go and educate the educator.



My wife just rolled her eyes and said you are such a nerd, then I told her remember you had to have me.



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 9/19/2010 10:36 AM
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 9/19/2010 10:37 AM
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I remember having a discussion about that very type of question in the sixth grade, I used 2 and 3 cent coins in my equations for answers. Then I had to explain to the educator about the usage of said coins, and that they were used even in my grandfather's era.

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 9/19/2010 10:38 AM
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I think that's a great answer! Why not provide your daughter with copies of the appropriate pages from a coin publication (or have her make them), so that she is armed with evidence when she turns in her assignment?

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 9/19/2010 10:41 AM
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Here's another you could use:

(2) two cents
(1) 3 cents
(2) half dimes
(2) 20 cents
(1) quarter

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 9/19/2010 10:50 AM
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1 half dollar
2 cents
4 half dimes
1 dime


Although in elem, they teach current coinage. (but make no mention of past coinage)

The educator may educate you back on this point.

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 9/19/2010 10:53 AM
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It's clever, but I also would imagine it would be quite apparent that your daughter did not do her own homework. This might not help her in the eyes of her teacher.

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 9/19/2010 10:57 AM
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<< It's clever, but I also would imagine it would be quite apparent that your daughter did not do her own homework. This might not help her in the eyes of her teacher. >>

Good point, Tom. In that case, as a compromise, how about having her present a current coinage and a separate, obsolete coinage answer?. Perhaps she will earn extra credit.

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 9/19/2010 10:58 AM
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1 quarter
5 dimes
1 nickel
1 2 cent piece
 9/19/2010 11:02 AM
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<< explain how you can make 82 cents using 8 different coins.

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Well if you're the US mint it would cost just about "8" half
dollar coins to make (mint) 82 pennies.

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 9/19/2010 11:11 AM
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It's a clever answer but she'll probably get a dose of grief from her teacher about those "fantasy" coins like the half-cent and 20 cent piece.

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 9/19/2010 11:14 AM
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I hope you were advising her to use U.S. coins , as we must follow rule #6

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 9/19/2010 11:15 AM
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<< I think that's a great answer! Why not provide your daughter with copies of the appropriate pages from a coin publication (or have her make them), so that she is armed with evidence when she turns in her assignment? >>



...ditto!

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 9/19/2010 11:30 AM
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<< It's clever, but I also would imagine it would be quite apparent that your daughter did not do her own homework. This might not help her in the eyes of her teacher. >>



We actually used her current coinage example, and then I added an additional methodology. LOL

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 9/19/2010 11:39 AM
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I agree with others about making sure this is her homework, and not pushing it too far otherwise ... however I think providing a current and obsolete answer is outstanding!

It can be done with totally obsolete denominations too ... 4 20c and 4 1/2c


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 9/19/2010 11:48 AM
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<< I agree with others about making sure this is her homework, and not pushing it too far otherwise >>





Good lord, now I have you guys helping me raise my kids. I was just making a fun note to a group of folks with common interests. If you are all worried about my daughters education, I will provide my paypal link and you deposit into her continuing education fund.



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 9/19/2010 11:55 AM
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My answer:

Two cents
Two nickels
Two dimes

... two 25 cent california gold fractionals ...


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