Two Questions Given to MAT082, MAT102, MAT120 Students

GDT asked two questions on the first day of class for the Spring 2007 semester. Students answered the questions anonymously.

   1) Everyday we use the base-________ number system.

             #asked  #correct
   MAT102      31       0
      no answer (15); integer (3); dui, dewey, dewy (3); 
      0 (2); yes (1); 102 (1); 2 (1); 1 (1); factor (1); 
      ball (1); number (1); real (1)

             #asked  #correct
   MAT082       6       1
      no answer (3); number (1); 0 (1)

             #asked  #correct
   MAT120      27       3
      no answer (11); numerical (4); numeric (3); whole (2);
      roman (1); metric (1); imperial (1); ic (1)


   2) 99 divided-by 0

             #asked  #correct
   MAT102      31        0
      0 (24); 99 (7)

             #asked  #correct
   MAT082       6        1
      0 (3); 99 (2)

   MAT120 was given the question:  120 divided-by 0
      Total:  27       Correct:  3
      0 (15); 120 (6); 1 (2); no answer (1)

GDT knew the outcome of the divide-by-0 question, but it was asked so he could immediately get students learning about doing arithmetic with zero.

The base-10 number system question allows a fast forward to integer exponents (zero, one and negatives).


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 18 January 2007

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