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How Many Votes Are Needed to Be Elected President?

John F. Mahoney 

October 2004, Volume 98, Issue 3, Page 154

The winner of the popular vote is not necessarily the candidate who is elected president. The paper describes a process, using mathematical modeling, by which students can try to determine how few votes are necessary in order to be elected president. Students use ratio and proportion to make predictions and make comparisons to 1888 data.

Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Data Representation
Skill and Fluency
Ratios / Proportions