Can You Solve the Poison Wine Challenge?

A video posits the question of how to identify the one poisoned bottle of wine from 1,000 bottles by getting 10 rats to drink the wine. Hint: Binary numbers become very useful in this situation.

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Instructional Ideas

  • After viewing problem setup, have learners attempt the problems in groups
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that the video discusses wine at a party, as well as poison, which parents and/or administrators may find objectionable
  • The last few minutes of the video references "A Breakthrough in Higher Dimensional Spheres," one of the other videos in the series 

  • Provides some extension questions
  • Video is likely to hold viewer interest

  • None