The 2010 U. S. Census is complete and state reapportionment is about to begin. The process of distributing the 435 Representatives appropriately to each state is a mathematically fascinating event. Engage your students in the calculation of the apportionment so that they will understand what only happens in the U.S. every ten years.
- Students see the Priority formula An= P/√n*(n+1) and practice using it to determine which state should get the next Congressional seat.
- Students learn what the ratio of voters to Representatives was originally intended to be and they calculate what that ratio has become.