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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 5, Number 11, November 15, 1999
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1.
There will be 8 people eating Thanksgiving dinner at Pam’s
house. She is using
14 potatoes to make her famous mashed potatoes. She expects to have no
leftover potatoes. **Pam apparently expects that on average,
each person will eat __________.**

a.
exactly one potato

b. exactly
two potatoes

c. about one
potato

d. almost two
potatoes

There are a lot of big eaters in Arnold’s family. At last year’s Thanksgiving dinner, they ate an average of three pounds of turkey each. Aunt Birdie, who ate only one pound of turkey, was appalled at how much the others ate.

**2.
Which one of the following statements must be true?**

a. At least one other
person ate less than three pounds of turkey.

b. Everyone
else ate exactly three pounds of turkey.

c. At least
one person ate more than three pounds of turkey.

**3.
We
don’t have enough information to know for sure, but
which one of the following statements could be true?**

a. At least one other
person ate less than three pounds of turkey.

b. Everyone
else ate exactly three pounds of turkey.

c. At least
one person ate more than three pounds of turkey.

**4.
Which one of the following statements cannot be
true?**

a. At least one other
person ate less than three pounds of turkey.

b. Everyone
else ate exactly three pounds of turkey.

c. At least
one person ate more than three pounds of turkey.

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