Math = Love: One Million Hours

Monday, June 9, 2014

One Million Hours

I missed a prime opportunity the other day, and I'm devastated over it.  I was riding in the car with my mom and sister, and we were stopped at a red light.  Looking out the window of the car, I read the advertisement on the truck in front of us aloud.  The truck belonged to a company that specialized in trim.  That wasn't what caught my eye.  What caught my eye was the claim made by the company.

One million hours experience.

Immediately, we started having a conversation about this in the car.

How long is one million hours?

Why would they tell the number of hours experience instead of the number of years experience?

Is this the amount of experience of one person or the sum of the experience of their entire staff?

Of course, the light had turned green and the truck had sped off before we decided this would make an awesome math lesson.  So, no picture to share.  I tried googling the company, but their website said nothing about one million hours experience... :(  If it is indeed the same company, their website boasts 25 years experience.  Is this in line with the statement on their truck?

I plan on starting off the year in Algebra 1 with a review of converting between units and an emphasis on the importance of units.  After all, I have declared next school year as the year of "No Naked Numbers!"  

Since I don't have a picture of the truck, I guess I'll have to manufacture my own image.  I can't wait to see what great conversations are sparked by this!

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