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WilliamSwenson

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SlicesofPie
Whengivenacertainamountofchordstocutthepie,wearetaskedtofindthemaximum
amountofpiepiecesthatcanbeproducedwiththeamountofgivencutsandcreateafunctionor
equationtorepresentthepatternofgivenchordstopieslices.Belowisanexampleofapiecut
withonechord,andthemaximumamountofpiecescutwithonechordistwo.

Tosolvethisproblemwefirststartedoutusingtrialanderrorbydrawingseveralcircles
andtestingchordplacements,andthatworkedforthesmallernumberofchordsbutaswestarted
usingmoreandmoreslicesthepiecesweregettinghardtokeeptrackofandcount,sowetooka
differentapproach.Westartedusingatablewiththedatawegatheredfromourexperimentingto
findapatterninthemaximumnumberofslices.Toorganizeourtable,welabeledtheinput(the
numberofchords)x,andtheoutput(maximumnumberofslices)y.Weobservedthatwith
eachchordadded,thesliceswouldincreasebythenumberofchordsaddedtothepriornumber
ofslices.Forexample,whenthepieiscutwithfourchords,thenumberofslicesiseleven.Then
weaddachord,andthenumberofpiecescutwithfivechords,issixteen.Ifweaddanother
chord(atotalofsix),thenthenumberofpiecesistwentytwo.Thedifferencefromelevento
sixteenisfive,andfromsixteentotwentytwoissix.Andthenseven,andeight,and,nine,and
ten,ect.increasingeachtimeyouaddachord.Thisisbecausewhenyoucrosseachchordover
oneanother,theamountofslicesisincreasedbytheamountofpriorchordsandslices.

Thefunction/equationwefoundwasy=.5x(squared)+.5x+1.Rememberthatyisthe
numberofslicesandxisthenumberofchords.Wefoundthisbypluggingthexvaluesand
yvaluesintoagraphingcalculator.Thisequationisquadratic,meaningthatthegraphwasa
parabolashape,orcurved.Totestthis,weapplieddifferent(larger)xvaluesintoourgraphand
equationandgotproportionaloutputs.Onevariationwewouldliketotryoutforthisproblemis
theveryopposite.Withagivenamountofchords,whatistheminimumamountofsliceswecan

get,andthepattern/equationwithinit.Ifweweretosolvethisproblemwewouldapproachit
thesameway,byexperimentingwiththechordsfirst,theninsertingthemintoatable.
IthinkIdeservea25/25becauseIthoughtaboutthisproblemalot.AtfirstIwas
oblivioustothepatternsandtheimportanceoftheplacementofthechords,butthemoreI
thoughtaboutthisproblem,themoreIrealizedhowfaralittlebitofobservancecantakeyou.
Byobservingtheselittlethings,WillandIwereabletosolvetheproblemquicklyandefficiently.
IthoughtthatthisPOWwasfunandchallenging,andIenjoyedworkingonitandcomparing
answerswithpeers,andthewholethoughtprocessrequiredforthisPOWwasnewand
interesting.Although,onethingIwouldimproveaboutthisproblemishavingclearer
instructionsandabitmoreclasstimetoworkwithpartners.Also,Iwouldconsiderbringin
actualpienexttimeforahandsonaspect,butoverall,Ithoroughlyenjoyedthisproblemandthe
knowledgeIgainedgavemenewperspectives.

IthinkIdeservea25/25becauseweasagroupconsideredmanydifferentpossibilities
andapproaches.Ifeellikethewayweworkedtogetherandusedourproblemsolvingskillsto
helpusshowsthatwearecomfortablewithusingdifferentornewproblemsolvingskills.Iknow
thatIputalotofworkintofindingthemaximumamountofcuts,andtryingitoverandoverto
makesureitisright.Idofeellikeyougaveawaytheanswereasily.Imean,thisismathandwe
needtobeabletosolveproblemswithouthelpfromtheteacher.Ontheotherhand,Ididlike
howweusedthecalculatorstohelpusgraphandfindtheequations.Overall,thisPOWpushed
mycriticalthinkingskillsandproblemsolvingskills,andthestruggletofindtheanswerproved
it.