Bubba has a still that produces 700 gallons of alcohol per
week. If the tax on alcohol is $1.50 per gallon, how much tax will Bubba pay in amonth? [Set up and analyze a model, then discuss applicability of the model.]
I have given an example with obvious cultural bias because I am not sure I could successfully avoid it. At any rate students in my area in rural Virginia would think this problem is hilarious. We have a long tradition of illegal distilleries and they would know that Bubba has no intention of ever paying any tax.
21 June 2010
Bad word problems
An example of a bad word problem, from Frank Quinn's article The Nature of Contemporary Core Mathematics, who is at Virginia Tech: