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Written by Lori Stancill   
Monday, 24 October 2005

School is in full swing for me and for my nephews, Barney and Danny, and their little cousin, Gina. In fact, last Friday evening their school had a "Fall Festival" and we all went together.  One game we wanted to play was at the “Balance Booth”.

At the booth there were 5 bags of delicious candy. If you can put them on a pan balance so that they balance perfectly, you win all 5 bags of candy! The bag of Jelly Wigglers weighed 8 ounces, the Party Pops weighed 3 ounces, the Sour Powder weighed 2 ounces, the Candy Dots weighed 3 ounces, and the Mello Mints weighed 4 ounces.

Now, here are the rules. The candy has to stay in the bags. You cannot open the bags. You have to use all the bags of candy and once you put a bag of candy on the balance, you cannot move it. If the pans are balanced perfectly at the end, you win them all. However, if one side tips lower than the other, you lose!"


What combinations could be used to perfectly balance your pan balance%3f

Assign each bag a variable and write an equation with one unknown for your solutions.

DuPage Children’s Museum, 2003

Where is the Math%3f

·        using variables as unknowns

·        measurement

·        problem solving

·       developing flexibility in solving problems

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