6.1: Computers for Kids
A program gives computers to families with schoolaged children. They have a certain number of computers to distribute fairly between several families. How many computers should each family get?

One month the program has 8 computers. The families have these numbers of schoolaged children: 4, 2, 6, 2, 2.
 How many children are there in all?
 Counting all the children in all the families, how many children would use each computer? This is the number of children per computer. Call this number $A$.
 Fill in the third column of the table. Decide how many computers to give to each family if we use $A$ as the basis for distributing the computers.
family number of children number of computers, using $A$ row 1 Baum 4 row 2 Chu 2 row 3 Davila 6 row 4 Eno 2 row 5 Farouz 2 
Check that 8 computers have been given out in all.

The next month they again have 8 computers. There are different families with these numbers of children: 3, 1, 2, 5, 1, 8.
 How many children are there in all?
 Counting all the children in all the families, how many children would use each computer? This is the number of children per computer. Call this number $B$.
 Does it make sense that $B$ is not a whole number? Why?
 Fill in the third column of the table. Decide how many computers to give to each family if we use $B$ as the basis for distributing the computers.
family number of children number of computers, using $B$ number of computers, your way number of children per computer, your way row 1 Gray 3 row 2 Hernandez 1 row 3 Ito 2 row 4 Jones 5 row 5 Krantz 1 row 6 Lo 8 
Check that 8 computers have been given out in all.
 Does it make sense that the number of computers for one family is not a whole number? Explain your reasoning?
 Find and describe a way to distribute computers to the families so that each family gets a whole number of computers. Fill in the fourth column of the table.
 Compute the number of children per computer in each family and fill in the last column of the table.

Do you think your way of distributing the computers is fair? Explain your reasoning.