Original Handbook Problem: In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, this conversation takes place between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Tweedledum says, “The sum of your weight and twice mine is 361 pounds.” Tweedledee answers, “The sum of your weight and twice mine is 362 pounds.” What is the absolute difference in the weights of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? (2014-15 Problem #33)
Why Team Wonderland got high scores in creativity:
- Student-written humor like the silly antics of the characters and the parody song (1:26) to set up the problem make the story more interesting.
- Simple but creative costumes and props, plus intentionally over-the-top acting by the students (for example, 0:01-0:32 and 0:50-1:00) add to the scene of the story.
What else the judges liked:
- Correct use of math terminology during the solution.
- Two solutions provided during the video.