# Math is Figure-Out-Able!

Math teacher educator Pam Harris and her cohost Kim Montague answer the question: If not algorithms, then what? Join them for ~15-30 minutes every Tuesday as they cast their vision for mathematics education and give actionable items to help teachers teach math that is Figure-Out-Able. See www.MathisFigureOutAble.com for more great resources!

## Math is Figure-Out-Able!

# #MathStratChat - October 16, 2024

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on October 16, 2024.

Note: It’s more fun if you try to solve the problem, share it on social media, comment on others strategies, before you listen to Pam and Kim’s strategies.

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**Pam **00:00

Hey, fellow mathers! Welcome to the podcast where Math is Figure-Out-Able. I'm Pam Harris.

**Kim **00:06

And I'm Kim Montague.

**Pam **00:08

And this episode is a MathStratChat episode where we chat about our math strategies. Every Wednesday evening, I throw out a math problem on social media. Well, at least when I remember. And people from around the world chat about the strategies they use and comment on each other's thinking. I only say that because there was one where, for some reason, it didn't go out on Twitter, but we put it out a couple days later. It's fine.

**Kim **00:28

It happens.

**Pam **00:29

Yeah.

**Kim **00:29

Life, life, life. Okay, so this Wednesday, our math problem was 25% of 10. How would you solve this problem? Pause the podcast. Solve it however you'd like. And then come on back to hear how we're hearing it. How we're hearing it. How we're solving it. Good night. The problem is 25% of 10.

**Pam **00:47

Okay, I'm going to go first.

**Kim **00:49

Okay.

**Pam **00:49

If you don't mind.

**Kim **00:51

Yeah.

**Pam **00:51

I'm going to think of 50% of 10. So, 50% of 10 is half of 10, so that's 5. And then if that's 50% but I want, I need to have 25%, 25% is half of that. So, half of 5 is 2 and a 1/2, 2.5.

**Kim **01:06

Nice.

**Pam **01:06

Alright, what are you going to do?

**Kim **01:07

I'm going to do what you did last week, and I'm going to say 10% of 25 because 10% is nice. And I know that that is 2.5.

**Pam **01:18

And how do you know that 10% of 25 is 2.5?

**Kim **01:20

I knew you were going to ask that. So, 10% of 25. So, if it was 100%, that' would be 25.

**Pam **01:29

Okay.

**Kim **01:29

So, I'm going to scale them both down by a tenth. Scale them to find a tenth. Which is 2.5.

**Pam **01:37

Okay. Yeah, so it's some sort of shift.

**Kim **01:41

Mmhm. Okay, excellent. Well, we can't wait to hear what you do every week. Join us on MathStratChat and let us know how you think about the problems that Pam posts. Comment on each other's strategies while you're there because that's the most fun.

**Pam **01:52

That is the most fun. Hey, we'll post them on Wednesdays around 7:00 pm Central time. When you answer, tag me and use the hashtag MathStratChat. Then join us here to hear how we're thinking about the problem. Thanks for being part of the Math is Figure-Out-Able movement. Math is Figure-Out-Able!