I love linear programming. It's actually applicable to the real world (huzzah!) and it's multifaceted enough to keep my interest. I get bored of math problems that I can solve mentally without much thought. Linear programming presents something with enough layers that I have to get out pencil and paper (or Desmos!) to do some of the calculations.

The problem with linear programming is that my students don't appreciate the layers of the problem. They view linear programming as too many steps and too much work. They may not fully appreciate how useful it can be, even though they can completely understand that a business would like to maximize profit or minimize cost.

I tried to address this problem today with a small K'Nex experiment. Essentially, I wanted to give the kids the resources of a linear programming situation and ask them to solve it without the system of inequalities. The handouts I used are embedded. They're sized for composition books.

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