Chris Shore passes on the above, and he thinks that things just aren’t clicking for this kid. I’m inclined to agree. What would you all recommend? What’s the next step for this kid?
From the submitter: “I came across these answers to sig fig questions when marking a pre-algebra numeracy test last night. I’ve attached two answers, one is a very common mistake where students just can’t believe that they are asked to round up that much. The second… well I don’t have any idea what the student was thinking, so I thought your readers might be able to help.”
(via Chris Robinson)
We here at the MathMistakes world headquarters got today’s mistake via email submission:
Question: If you are driving 60 km/h, how far would you go in 20 minutes?
Student’s answer: 1200 km
Since we don’t have much to work with, in terms of diagnosing the students’ error, let’s do two things in the comments today. First, leave a note if you have about the specific question and student answer. Second, let’s use the comments as a place to discuss strategies for helping students form an intuition for rates.