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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Task Problem Tuesday


This is a task that I found while walking in New York City last fall.  I took pictures of the parking structure and prices, but didn't pull it together in time to use it during the school year. I've never posted a problem that I haven't used, so I hope you like this one and I will definitely use it next year myself.  I love that this problem can be used in my unit for volume or multiplying decimals. It also includes adding and subtracting with decimals.  Anytime that I can review one concept while teaching another, I just can't let the opportunity pass.  So let me know if you like this one.

Unparalleled Parking

Unparalleled Parking Task by The Research Based Classroom

The parking structure is 14 sections long, 4 cars tall, and 2 cars deep.  Living in the west, I had never seen anything like this.  I immediately began thinking of all the math involved in this picture and started snapping pictures.

Task Problem Tuesday at The Reseach Based Classroom

When I got home, I looked up their actual prices to create the chart below.

Unparalleled Parking Math Task by The Research Based Classroom

The questions for this math task are endless.  Here's a few that I came up with:

  1. If the parking structure fills up for an event, how much money would the parking attendant collect?
  2. Wednesday is street cleaning day and it is illegal to park on the street during the hours from 5:00 am until 5:00 pm.  All of the residents of the local apartment buildings need to get their cars off the street.  How much would it cost you to park at Unparalleled Parking during this time?  
  3. You enter Unparalleled Parking every day at 6:30 pm and leave at 8:00 am.  What day of the week will be the cheapest?
  4. How much would the parking attendant collect if the parking structure only filled up three-fourths of the spots during an event?
There's no end to the questions that could be asked about this picture. You could even let your students write questions of their own.  To grab my photos and a pdf of the pricing sheet, click here.

Happy Problem Solving!

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