At the heart of the movie is a classic pre-calculus problem. Which is worth more; a penny on day one, and double that amount every day for a month, or a million dollars? I’m excited to see this movie. It looks like something my students might enjoy as well. You can request a screening in your hometown. See the webpage for Cents for more info.
I haven’t taught pre-calculus in several years, but this doubling problem reminded me of the fun I used to have reading One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale to my students. They loved a rare story time in the middle of math class. I’m sure they would love Cents as well.
Note to self – find some short, fun, calculus readings to share with students. Any suggestions?