Mr. Gamble's Math

Easy As Pi

Volume 5

May 10, 2019

Week In Review

Learners have been working hard as we strive towards the end of the semester. I've see a few learners who have taken advantage of the extra sessions that have been offered. Thank you to those who did!

A lot of progress was made this week in the form of discussions, lessons, quizzes, and assessments. Learners also reviewed where they currently are and what their goals are moving forward. Just over a week left!

Looking Ahead

We are in the stretch run of the year - fourth quarter. Keep watching the pacing guide for the expected completion tasks. Also, remember all lesson quizzes require an A, B, or C to move forward. All tests require an A or B. If you don’t achieve these levels of mastery, you must review, relearn, and retake.

Reach out for assistance with any areas that are proving difficult. I am eager to help you during the available times. I am available for assistance. Reach out and we can arrange extra help during our field week.

Think About It!

Can you solve the following mathematics problem? Tune in each week for a new brainteaser that requires a little math to solve. They'll range from 0 to 5 on difficulty level.

Think you know? Let Mr. Gamble know your response (

Week of March 22nd:

If you could have a penny a day for 30 days, doubled every day, or $10,000 right now, which would give you more money? (Level = 0.79)

SOLUTION: Understand if you are doubling, you won't see the true value until the end of the process. While it appears that $10,000 is a great deal of money, it really isn't. Beginning with $0.01 on day 1, $0.02 on day 2, $0.04 on day 3, and so on by day 30 you will earn $5,368,709.12! That is just that day's total! Add all the days together and you will have received $8,053,063.68!

Week of April 29th:

After visiting my Great Aunt Annie, I travelled home in her old jalopy. The car was old and battered, it had a leak from the gas tank, and I was stuck in second gear. This meant that I could only travel along at a steady 30 miles per hour and managed a paltry 20 miles per gallon of fuel. At the start of the journey I had placed exactly 10 gallons of fuel into the tank. I knew though, that the fuel tank lost fuel at the rate of half a gallon per hour. Just as I arrived home, the car stopped because it had run out of fuel and I had only just made it. How far was it from my Great Aunt's to my home? (Level = 1.69)


This month’s resource is a return to a reliable site. Symbolab is a great resource for parents to support their learners in math. This free math problem solver answers Algebra, Geometry, and many more problems with step-by-step explanations. Learning coaches can use this to verify learner answers and get steps on difficult problems.


Weekly Online Math Sessions

Our final week of online sessions. These are optional for those seeking extra help. This will allow us to connect on past, present, or future topics. It also allows a check-in with the teacher for verification of progress. Learners: come prepared with questions or concerns on lessons or topics of your choice.

The schedule for regular online Math sessions is as follows:

  • Math 06: Mondays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • Math 07: Mondays @ 10:15 – 11:00.
  • Math 08: Fridays @ 9:15 – 10:00.
  • PreAlgebra: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • Algebra 1: Wednesdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • Geometry & Honors: Mondays @ 1:00 – 1:30.
  • Algebra 2 & Honors: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.
  • PreCalc/Trig: Thursdays @ 1:30 – 2:00.