Mathalicious: Pounding Headache

How much Tylenol can you safely take?

Acetaminophen is one of the most popular over-the-counter pain relievers in the country, but it’s also one of the most common causes of liver failure. There isn’t a big difference between helpful and harmful dosages, and sometimes even following manufacturer recommendations isn’t enough to keep people out of harm’s way.

In this lesson students use exponential functions and logarithms to explore the risks of acetaminophen toxicity, and discuss what they think drug manufacturers should do to make sure people use their products safely.


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Health & Medicine
Algebra & Pre-Algebra, Exponents & Square Roots, Logarithms
High School

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