Return of the Tug-of-War

Author: Julie McNamara
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In this updated version of a Marilyn Burns task, students use algebraic reasoning to determine the outcome of a contest involving rebel fighters, storm troopers, and (of course) Chewbacca.

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Julie McNamara, julie.mcnamara@csueastbay.edu, teaches mathematics methods to aspiring teachers at Cal State East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also takes advantage of opportunities to work with students in K–12 classrooms any chance she gets.

(Corresponding author is McNamara julie.mcnamara@csueastbay.edu)
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