So, as promised, as soon as I hit publish yesterday I got started doing some math. I worked for a bit and wrote down much more than I normally would knowing that I would be sharing my work today. But then I hit a point where I didn't really know what to do next. And so I started reading blogs. And then went to run errands, ended up seeing a movie with a friend and staying out late working on a website she needed help with. This morning I thought about looking at the problem again but there were lots of other things to do so I didn't. And this is exactly why learning math with a teacher or a study group is better for me than working solo. I'm not stuck, there are lots of options to try, but I have no idea what might end up being interesting. And I'm not sufficiently invested in the problem to want to put time into experimenting. So, here's where you come in. If you're going into this problem as blind as I am, then share what you've tried and what you're curious about. If you have a good idea about how this problem works, provide a helpful nudge in an interesting direction. Without further ado, here's my work from yesterday.

## May 8, 2016

### Saturday Morning Math 2

Alternate title: The Purpose of a Teacher

So, as promised, as soon as I hit publish yesterday I got started doing some math. I worked for a bit and wrote down much more than I normally would knowing that I would be sharing my work today. But then I hit a point where I didn't really know what to do next. And so I started reading blogs. And then went to run errands, ended up seeing a movie with a friend and staying out late working on a website she needed help with. This morning I thought about looking at the problem again but there were lots of other things to do so I didn't. And this is exactly why learning math with a teacher or a study group is better for me than working solo. I'm not stuck, there are lots of options to try, but I have no idea what might end up being interesting. And I'm not sufficiently invested in the problem to want to put time into experimenting. So, here's where you come in. If you're going into this problem as blind as I am, then share what you've tried and what you're curious about. If you have a good idea about how this problem works, provide a helpful nudge in an interesting direction. Without further ado, here's my work from yesterday.

So, as promised, as soon as I hit publish yesterday I got started doing some math. I worked for a bit and wrote down much more than I normally would knowing that I would be sharing my work today. But then I hit a point where I didn't really know what to do next. And so I started reading blogs. And then went to run errands, ended up seeing a movie with a friend and staying out late working on a website she needed help with. This morning I thought about looking at the problem again but there were lots of other things to do so I didn't. And this is exactly why learning math with a teacher or a study group is better for me than working solo. I'm not stuck, there are lots of options to try, but I have no idea what might end up being interesting. And I'm not sufficiently invested in the problem to want to put time into experimenting. So, here's where you come in. If you're going into this problem as blind as I am, then share what you've tried and what you're curious about. If you have a good idea about how this problem works, provide a helpful nudge in an interesting direction. Without further ado, here's my work from yesterday.

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Turns out I misread the question. Justin says: "Looks like you're finding the a) input average and b) output average. I was asking about the *output* of the input average for a)." Another investigation for a different day!

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