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Fairness and Apportionment I

Marsha Davis, Pat Taylor


Mathematics Topic:
Algebra, Percents
Application Areas:
Political Science, Voting Theory

| ©2002 Consortium 81 | 8 pages |



The activities in this Pull-Out deal with apportionment and the fairness/ unfairness associated with an apportionment.

In Activity 1 students devise an algorithm for dividing a collection of coins among five people.

Activity 2 introduces the Hamilton method of apportionment, once used to apportion the U. S. House of Representatives.

Activity 3 focuses on divisor methods of apportionment, which include the Jefferson, Webster, and Adams methods.

Activities in the next MMOW Pull-Out will explore the Hill method of apportionment, the method presently used to apportion the U. S. House of Representatives.