Author(s): Phyllis A. Salmons Date Accepted: 2000-02-27 Grade Group: High School (9-12) Benchmarks: M2.4.2 M3.4.3 M3.4.4 M3.4.5 Keywords: geometric progression counter-intuitive result counting exponents estimates Microsoft Word: 01_30_00_1.docx PDF Document: 01_30_00_1.pdf
Many people dream of becoming millionaires these days. In order to make this dream come true, people play the stock market, play the lottery, and appear on television game shows designed for this purpose. Counting on the stock market requires placing money at risk and playing the lottery involves playing against the odds. And honestly, the television programs place contestants in the risky position of looking foolish by missing an easy question in front of millions of viewers.