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The Biggest Loser 2011

Monday, 04 April 2011 | 0 Comments

Each year I use the TV Show, The Biggest Loser, as an application of percentages.

The Biggest Loser Worksheet

Below is a worksheet that sets out the contestant data that your students can use to perform some calculations.


Using this activity on the last day of term, instead of it being a calculator exercise, I took the students to the computer lab to use Excel.

It became obvious as a couple of students completed the task that there is an interesting question to pose: Is The Biggest Loser fair?

I have replaced the worksheet below to make it an Excel task and add the question of whether the game is fair.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License (?).

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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