Will the Best Candidate Win?

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  • Aug 18 2010 2:22 PM

    David Melton

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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students learn about various voting methods, ways in which these methods can be manipulated to achieve certain outcomes, and the impossibility of fair elections when more than two alternatives are available. They discover what advantages and disadvantages each voting method offers and also see that each fails, in some way, to satisfy some desirable properties. This lesson allows students to see connections between mathematics and such other disciplines as government, history, ethics, and sports, and to develop skills in mathematical reasoning and apply those skills to everyday situations. Less

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    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Mathematics, Number Sense

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