Teaching Math in 1950:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the
price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math in 1960:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the
price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math in 1970:

A logger exchanges a set "L" of lumber for a set "M" of money. The
cardinality of set "M" is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots
representing the elements of the set "M". The set "C", the cost of
production contains 20 fewer points than set "M". Represent the set
"C" as a subset of set "M" and answer the following question: What is
the cardinality of the set "P" of profits?

Teaching Math in 1980:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his
profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math in 1990:

By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you think of this
way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question? How
did the forest birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down the trees? There are no
wrong answers.

Teaching Math in 1996:

By laying off 402 of its loggers, a company improves its stock price from $80 to $100.
How much capital gain per share does the CEO make by exercising his stock options at $80.
Assume capital gains are no longer taxed, because this encourages investment.

Teaching Math in 1997:

A company outsources all of its loggers. They save on benefits and when demand for
their product is down the logging work force can easily be cut back. The average logger
employed by the company earned $50,000, had 3 weeks vacation, received a nice retirement
plan and medical insurance. The contracted logger charges $50 an hour. Was outsourcing a
good move?

Teaching Math in 1997b:

A logging company exports its wood-finishing jobs to its Indonesian subsidiary and lays
off the corresponding half of its US workers (the higher-paid half). It clear-cuts 95% of
the forest, leaving the rest for the spotted owl, and lays off all its remaining US
workers. It tells the workers that the spotted owl is responsible for the absence of
fellable trees and lobbies Congress for exemption from the Endangered Species Act.
Congress instead exempts the company from all federal regulation. What is the return on
investment of the lobbying costs?