dys·func·tion /dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən/ [dis-fuhngk-shuhn]–noun
1. Medicine/Medical . malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body. 2. any malfunctioning part or element: the dysfunctions of the country's economy. 3. Sociology . a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Kids' Math

Image from here.

I gave Shake'n'Bake cheese and crackers today for a snack. (I also had cheese and crackers, freaking delicious!)

I cut 16 pieces of cheese and divided 8 crackers amongst us. That would give us 8 pieces of cheese and 4 crackers a piece.

This is how our plates ended up.

Mine: 8 pieces of cheese, spread evenly over 4 crackers = 2 pieces of cheese per cracker.

Shake'n'Bake's plate: 8 pieces of cheese plus 4 crackers = 1 piece of cheese per cracker for 3 crackers, 4 pieces of cheese on 1 cracker, and 1 piece of cheese dropped on the floor and abandoned.



Now, maybe it's my OCD kicking in and bothering me, but COME ON! I could understand 1 piece of cheese per cracker, having 4 crackerless pieces on the side...but to have such a mishmash of cheese-cracker pairings... ARGH!


Okay...it's me.

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Michael said...

I think the problem is you didn't initially count the piece that was to be dropped on the floor. See, your child is *actually* out-smarting you by realizing they would throw one to the floor, and that left 7 pieces and 4 crackers, which is too complicated to bother thinking about, and thus 1 piece per cracker was the simplest way to make sure you didn't run out of cheese!

Maybe next time you should do 9 pieces for 4 crackers, and see if the math works out better :P

dys·func·tion said...

@Michael: Hmm. I see what you're saying, but I would bet that either 2 pieces would end up on the floor, or she would have some odd arrangement of 5 on one crackers and 1 per cracker for 3.

jedi starrunner said...

She's using the "save the best for last" mentality. I'm surprised she didn't put all 7 pieces on one cracker, and throw the other 3 crackers at her little sister. (Still, one piece of cheese ends up on the floor, obviously.)

dys·func·tion said...

@jedi starrunner: It seems that everyone but me accounted for one piece on the floor. O_o newfangled mathematics. Either way, I'm quite sure that she would *hand* them to her sister instead of throwing them.

That, or forcefeed them to her.

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