# Math is Figure-Out-Able!

Math teacher educator Pam Harris and her cohost Kim Montague answer the question: If not algorithms, then what? Join them for ~15-30 minutes every Tuesday as they cast their vision for mathematics education and give actionable items to help teachers teach math that is Figure-Out-Able. See www.MathisFigureOutAble.com for more great resources!

## Math is Figure-Out-Able!

# #MathStratChat - August 28, 2024

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on August 28, 2024.

Note: It’s more fun if you try to solve the problem, share it on social media, comment on others strategies, before you listen to Pam and Kim’s strategies.

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**Pam **00:01

Hey, fellow mathers! Welcome to the podcast where Math is Figure-Out-Able! I'm Pam.

**Kim **00:07

And I'm Kim.

**Pam **00:08

And this episode is a MathStratChat episode where we chat about our math strategies. Every Wednesday evening, I throw out a math problem on social media, and people from around the world chat about the strategies they use, and comment on each other's thinking.

**Kim **00:21

Okay, so this Wednesday, our math problem was 176 minus 99. How would you solve this problem? Pause the podcast. Solve it however you'd like. The problem is 176 minus 99.

**Pam **00:34

I'm going first. Pick Me. Pick Me.

**Kim **00:35

Okay. You can go first.

**Pam **00:39

Okay, 176 minus 100 is 76. But that's a bit too much. I subtracted too much, so I have to adjust by giving you 1 back. And so, I think the answer is 77.

**Kim **00:54

Well, since you did my favorite strategy, I'm going to use one of your favorites. And you've always been better at this than me. I'm going to shift those numbers up by 1. And so, I'm going to make the equivalent problem 177 minus 100. And I also got 77.

**Pam **01:16

Nice. We better pop in one more just for fun.

**Kim **01:20

Okay.

**Pam **01:20

I think 176 is sixteen 11s.

**Kim **01:26

Okay.

**Pam **01:26

And I think 99 is nine 11s. So, sixteen 11s minus nine 11s is seven 11s, which is 77.

**Kim **01:37

Which is special to me because 7/11 of 77 is my husband's birthday

**Pam **01:43

Aww. That's kind of fun.

**Kim **01:45

Yeah, it's cool. Nicely done.

**Pam **01:47

Nice.

**Kim **01:47

Excellent. Okay, well, we can't wait to see what you do each week. Join us on MathStratChat and let us know how you think about the problems. And comment on each other's strategies while you're there.

**Pam **01:57

We post the problems on Wednesdays around 7pm Central time. When you answer, tag me and use the hashtag MathStratChat, then join us here to hear how we're thinking about the problem. We love having you as part of the Math is Figure-Out-Able movement because Math is Figure-Out-Able!