Posted at: 08/22/2013 1:56 PM
By: Jim Kambrich
QUEENSBURY - Are you getting what you paid for in that package of Double Stuf Oreos you bought today at the grocery store?
Some math students in Queensbury say they have a case for reasonable doubt.
It may seem odd to incorporate cookies into a math class, but Queensbury High School Math Teacher Dan Anderson says there is a 'real world' math problem to be had here.
When you buy Double Stuf Oreos, are you really getting double the stuff.
How do you figure it out? Height, weight, volume?
His students measured the weight of each wafer. Then compared the weight of the creamy middle of regular Oreo with the Double Stuf.
Dan blogged about the experiment which showed varying results from cookie to cookie but still showed less than double the stuff in the double stuff.
It was picked up by Huffington Post, then by Fox News which put Dan and his experiment in the national spotlight.
“I'm really excited for the kids. I know they did their work--they put a lot of work into it. They're excited to see the results and they're really excited to see me on TV. “
But more than that, Dan said it's important for his students to see a practical math application, not just a bunch of numbers.
“I was really happy to have them see that there is math in the real world and they can use their math skills and apply that to the real world and whatever they want to do. “
So, how’s he going to top this for next years class?
“I think this is my 15 minutes of fame. I don't know if there is anything else I can do that would be this big. “
Nabisco disputes the student’s findings, but it's not over.
Dan says a science teacher is interested in measuring the 'density' of the double stuff.
More calculations. More research.