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Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 5, Number 11, November 15, 1999
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## Average Thanksgiving Dinners

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
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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