Hi Lori,

Thank you for sharing this. I love thinking about how there were so many people necessary to create each one of us. We are all a mixture of so many people. It makes me think of fractions as well. I'm 1/2 my mother and 1/2 my father, who are each 1/2 of their mother and father. I'm 1/4 the grandmother I knew and 1/4 the grandmother I was too young to know. The number of ancestors grow exponentially and the fraction they each make up shrinks exponentially.

What did you notice in the table you made? What questions did it provoke? Is there something you want to answer for yourself related to the number of ancestors?

By the way, Mark and I used the example of ancestors to introduce exponents in math materials we wrote last year: Part 1, pg. 10-12 and Part 2, pgs. 24-27.

Eric