Problem Solving Task: Storing MP3’s

For each year between 1980 and now, how many mp3’s could you expect to store on a hard drive?

How much does it cost to store one mp3 on a hard drive?

Student Learning Targets

  • Habit 1: I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Habit 3: I can construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Habit 4: I can construct mathematical models.
  • Habit 5: I can make strategic use of appropriate tools.
  • TN3: I can use function notation, evaluate functions for inputs in their domains, and interpret statements that use function notation in terms of a context.


Assignment Handout

Final Writing Prompt

Make a new google doc with the file name: #TN Final RAFT YOUR NAME, and share it with

SLT Habit 3: I can construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • Role: You run a small record label.
  • Audience: The rest of the music industry.
  • Format: An open letter that you’re going to send to all of your favorite music magazines.
  • Topic: MP3’s have Gotten TOO __________________!

The record industry has changed dramatically as computers have gotten bigger, faster, and more powerful.  Some people say that all of this change has been good for music, others say it’s been really bad.  What’s your opinion on how these changes have affected the record industry?  How will the business of making and selling music continue to change in the future?  Use your work from this project and a little extra research (CITE YOUR SOURCES!) to make some recommendations about what the music industry can do to (a) beat the machines, and (b) make the machines help us make music even better.

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