Mathalicious: Gobbler's Dilemma

Should stores open on Thanksgiving Day?

For years, the day after Thanksgiving — or Black Friday — has been the official kickoff for the holiday shopping season. But more and more stores are starting to open on Thanksgiving Day in an attempt to cash in on the consumer spending frenzy, which has led to some public outcry. So why does it continue to happen?

In this lesson, students use retail stores and logic to examine the classic case of the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and decide whether there is hope that the people might be able to reclaim Turkey Day.


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Math Topics
Deductive Reasoning & Logical Thinking
Social Studies Topics
Economics & Finance
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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