Maths-up before your next McDonald's visit (part 1)


It's 9:25 pm and I haven't had dinner yet. I've just spent the better part of the last hour discussing with Mr Sim about how melting ice affects the level of water in a container. It's for one of the questions he's setting concerning volume. No, it's not for Science, but Maths. Yes, Mr Sim is one who takes his 'real-life' questions to whole new levels (pun intended).

All that thinking has made me hungry. I guess what scientists say about the brain consuming 20% of body's total haul must be true. It takes a few minutes of flipping through the pages of the virtual menu on the self-order kiosk to figure out what I want.

My wish list runs thus:

  • 1 McChicken 'n' Cheese

  • 1 Filet-O-Fish

  • 1 6-piece Chicken McNuggets

  • 1 Medium French Fries

  • 1 Potato Wedges

  • 2 Small Cokes

Figuring out what I want to eat is easy. Not so easy is figuring out how best to place my order. Having spent an enervating evening conceptualizing 'real-life' Maths questions with Mr Sim, I can't believe what Ronald is putting me through. Another real-life Maths question. Except this is a real-life question in real-life, not a real-life question on paper.

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