Area, Overlap, and Sandwich Meat Efficiency

I find myself writing about food a lot on this here blog. I’m starting to wonder if one could construct a whole thematic unit around the Math of Food. Or create a “meal” from appetizer, main course, and desert items.

Or maybe I just need to eat breakfast.

Artifact

Good Sandwich Guide.

Not sure where it originated, but I found it here on one of those 99 Life Hacks! pages.

Guiding Questions

  • How much overlap of bologna occurs in the “traditional” versus the “life hack” method?
  • How much area of bread is wasted in the “traditional” orientation?

Suggested activities

  • This seems like an investigation ripe for Geogebra.

I’d also consider bringing several bread sizes and shapes. How would you orient the bologna for rectangular kinds of sandwich bread?

And don’t even get me started on cheese.

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