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Jesse
Thomas Moose Hide Problem
Brenda
Jones
bjones@northstar.k12.ak.us
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Standards:
Functions and Relationships.
Performance
Standards:
A4.3.2, A4.3.4, A4.3.5, A4.4.2.
Concepts:
Graphing data from a table to a coordinate grid using variables
to write algebraic equations, determining slope and
yintercept.
Carnegie
Chapter:
Formulas, Tables of Values and Graphs, Linear equations: Solving,
Graphing, Intercepts, and Slope.
Overview:
Jesse Thomas earns money for college by tanning moose
hides.
Jesse Thomas
Moose Hide Problem
Jesse Thomas shot
three moose for meat and wants to save the skins to tan and sell in
Fairbanks. A high quality skin can sell for $1,000. He feels he can
produce 3 hides a season working alone, 6 hides a season with 2
people tanning, and 9 hides a season with 3 people
tanning.
 How many hides
can he produce with
 2
helpers?
 4
helpers?
 5
helpers?
Write a complete
sentence describing how you found your answers. Write an algebraic
equation for this situation. Define any variables.
 Jesse wants to
attend UAF in two years and projects he will need $10,000 for his
first year. He pays a helper $400 per hide for his tanning work.
How much will he net for
 3
hides?
 10
hides?
 15
hides?
 20
hides?
Write a complete
sentence explaining how you found your answers.
 Write an
expression for this situation. Define any variables.
 How many hides
will he need to earn
 $1,200?
 $1,800?
 $2,000?
 for the full
$10,000?
Write a complete
sentence explaining how you found your answers.
 Jesse saved
$1,200 from his PFD this year to apply toward his school expenses.
How many hides must he sell to have a total of
 $1,800?
 $4,200?
 $7,200?
 the full
$10,000?
Write a complete
sentence to explain how you found your answers.
 Use the
information from question 5 to complete the chart
below
Labels



Units


Dollars

Expressions




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2



3



4




4200



7200

 Use the
information from the chart to draw a graph. Label axes, indicate
intervals, and create a title for the graph.
 Should the dots
on the graph be connected? Why or why not?
 a) If the dots
were connected, what would be the slope of the line?
b) Explain
the meaning of slope.
 a) What would
be the yintercept of the line?
b) Explain
the meaning of the yintercept.
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