Reflection: Complex Tasks Building Cat Furniture: An Introduction to Linear Programming - Section 3: Extend


One challenging aspect of today's lesson is that there are so many quantities in this problem. We have the number of green and yellow Legos, the number of cat trees and dual napping stations, the prices of each piece of cat furniture, and the total revenue. It was difficult for students to understand how to set up their inequalities.

Even when one student group set up the correct inequalities, they noticed that there was absolutely nothing about the prices or revenue, so they were convinced that they set it up wrong. It wasn't until after we starting talking about the objective function that they had their a-ha moment- the prices were essential to the problem, but they were not needed until after we could consider all of the possible combinations.

  So Many Values!
  Complex Tasks: So Many Values!
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Building Cat Furniture: An Introduction to Linear Programming

Unit 8: Matrices and Systems
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT find maximum revenue using a linear programming model.

Big Idea: Use Legos for an interactive introduction to linear programming!

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Math, Precalculus and Calculus, Algebra, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, linear programming, systems of inequalities
  55 minutes
dual napping
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