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TimestampAre you in the morning or afternoon session?Tell us your name.Tell us where you teach.Tell us about the last time you used math to solve a problem in your day-to-day, civilian life.
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7/24/2012 4:31:22MorningPaigeSouthern Aroostook Community SchoolHow long a wire needed to be to reach through the attic to fit to outlet.
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7/24/2012 4:31:37MorningKathleen KnightGeorge Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, MEI consistently use systems of equations to give point values to different quiz and test questions to have a final total of 100.
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7/24/2012 4:33:24MorningJill GorneauPortland Adult EducationUnit rates when grocery shopping, what's the better buy?
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7/24/2012 4:37:40MorningEd DisyKittery maine traip hskayaked sunday and used time and distance to calculate average speed coming down the river
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7/24/2012 4:39:06MorningMary LundquistFarmington High School, Farmington CTMy dad gave me some cobblestone pavers that were originally used to pave the streets of Boston. They are semi-regular, approximately 4" by 4" by 8". I wanted to use them to make a short path from my deck to my driveway. I needed to determine how deep to dig the bed, how much gravel I would need, how much stone dust, and whether 81 pavers would be enough to pave a 5' by 7' path. In addition, I needed to have the path go from slightly higher ground near the deck to the lower level of the driveway.
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7/24/2012 4:39:40MorningNatashanoneHow much money do I need to put on my NY metrocard while I am in NY for a week? Should I buy the unlimited metrocard for a week? How many rides do I need to make in order to make it pay off?
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7/24/2012 6:01:44MorningKaiHampden Alt EdI wanted to halve a couscous recipe. The recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of couscous. I was making it just for me so I multiplied the original recipe by 1/2
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7/24/2012 8:14:52AfternoonLibby MooneyLincoln AcademyYesterday I calculated how many miles per gallon my car was using on the trip up here. Maybe that 75 mph speed limit isn't so great for low gas consumption.
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7/24/2012 8:28:12AfternoonJulia SwanBrunswick Junior Highto calculate the expected growth of my 403B between now and retirement age
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7/24/2012 9:23:25EmilyHebron AcademyI used math to decide which would be a better deal - paying a monthly rate at a gym or a pay per class rate.
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7/24/2012 9:23:35AfternoonEmilyHebron AcademyI used math to decide which would be a better deal - paying a monthly rate at a gym or a pay per class rate.
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7/24/2012 9:24:08AfternoonAmanda RuelOld Orchard Beach High SchoolCalculating the time it would take me to travel to the this school, with a constant speed (cruise control) and total milage. I had to factor in the stops along the way (bathroom, food, and stretching). It was an estimate.
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7/24/2012 12:29:02AfternoonLeslie BillingsDeer Isle Stonington High SchoolI needed a rough estimate of how much fabric I would need to create a placemat and table runner set. I wanted two fabrics, one for each side of the placemat/runners. The width of the fabric was unknown until I was in the store and had made a choice. I guessed at the size of the placemats and the runner. I also had to allow extra for bias cut binding. I ended up with three yards of one fabric and 2 feet 32 inches of the other fabric. The fabrics were 45 inches wide.
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7/24/2012 12:33:08AfternoonMaddy KellyMedomak Middle School in WaldoboroEstimating how many gallons of gas I used driving to Limestone.
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7/24/2012 12:47:05AfternoonGinny BrackettWinslow Jr HighAs I was driving here, I was calculating how long it would take me based on my speed and the green signs on the highway.
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7/24/2012 13:13:53AfternoonLisa Marie DowPresque Isle, MaineMy 19-year-old son is checking into interest rates for a car loan. We had him call several banks to compare interest rates and length of loans. He created a chart to organize rates, years of loan and amount of payment. He’s still deciding…
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7/24/2012 13:30:25MorningKateIt's complicated (work at an ed company in Cambridge, MA; also studying to be a nurse-midwife; used to teach full-time in East Boston)What time do I need to set my alarm, considering that I should probably add 20 minutes to my normal amount of get-ready time in case I have to wait for a shower, and considering that my cell phone is picking up a signal from Canada and the clock is one hour fast?
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7/24/2012 13:59:03AfternoonRichard ByrneThe WorldThree weeks ago to convert $1500 USD into Icelandic Krono less exchange fee.

Four weeks ago to figure out that it was cheaper to buy two boxes of six Clif Bars than it was to buy one box of twelve Clif Bars. Box of six = $5.56 Box of twelve = $11.98
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7/24/2012 15:10:59MorningDoot SorensenNokomis (Newport, ME)I was recently shooting at a bucket in the desert out in New Mexico, and figured out the distance to the bucket based on the inclination and bullet drop.
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7/24/2012 16:45:31MorningDaniel DowMartinsville, IndianaThe most glaring thing to me is figuring an estimate for how much I will spend in gas money driving to Maine from Indiana and back. I used google maps, my car's average gas mileage (which I habitually keep track of) and the average price per gallon along my route to find out.
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7/24/2012 22:49:45PamelaSkowhweganFigured a tip at dinner last night.
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7/25/2012 0:00:08AfternoonJon WhiteheadPhysics, engineering, CalculusI run an 8:30 pace or so. It's about 4.5 miles to the Canada border and back. Will I make it back for breakfast and a shower and still make it to my first class?
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7/25/2012 1:45:38MorningPriyaDeering HS Portland MaineI made a double batch of cookies Sunday morning
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