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In this activity, students explore what percentage means when looking at election results. The activity is part of the Figure This! collection of 80 online mathematical challenges emphasizing real world uses of mathematics. The activity features questions designed to help students think carefully about how percentages are used mathematically to determine outcomes. The answer to the first question provides a detailed examination of election results. The importance of understanding the meaning of percentages in media and marketing is noted. One section notes that the simple majority or plurality method of voting may not be fair when there are more than two choices. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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