At one time or another, almost everyone has played Monopoly.
What you probably didn’t realize was that the game consists
of nothing but adding and subtracting numbers (and a little
bit of luck!). You add the numbers on the dice to determine
how many spaces to move your piece forward. You must also move
your piece backwards when directed to do so.
Jose, Tony, and Lawanda have just begun a game of Monopoly. The
chart below shows each of their first three turns. Who is farther
around the board after three turns? How can you represent each
player’s moves using integers?
Player

Turn 1

Turn 2

Turn 3

Jose 
Rolls double
5s; rolls 9. 
Rolls 6. 
Rolls 11; Chance
 go back 3 
Tony 
Rolls 3. 
Rolls 4; Chance
 advance to Illinois Ave. (forward 17) 
Rolls 6  Go
directly to jail (back 20). 
Lawanda 
Rolls 6. 
Rolls double
3s; rolls 7 
Rolls 8. 
Jose : (5 + 5) + 9 + 6 + 11  3 = _____ spaces forward.
Tony : 3 + 4 + 17 + 6  20 = _____ spaces forward.
Lawanda : 6 + (3 + 3) + 7 + 8 = _____ spaces forward.
Upon completion of the
activities in this unit, you should be able to: