# Better Than Breaking a Dinner Plate

A license plate is that little metal rectangle that helps us keep track of cars: each car gets its own set of letters and numbers. Since license plates are made of aluminum, it’s much harder to break them than the plates in your kitchen. But one guy broke 23 of them – and he did it in 60 seconds! Bill Clark is a “strongman.” He does stunts to show what you can do if you lift weights to become super-strong. He rolls up frying pans, lifts cars, and yes, rips license plates right in half. To do this, Bill holds the metal rectangle against his belly, then pushes the top and bottom edges in opposite directions, and snap goes the license plate! The real question is, if Bill can do so much in just 1 minute, what can he break in an hour?

Wee ones: If a license plate has 3 letters and 4 numbers, does it have more letters or numbers?

Little kids: If Bill breaks his own record of 23 by 1 more license plate, how many doe he break? Bonus: How many pieces does he make if he snaps 8 license plates in half?

Big kids: Say Bill can’t keep up the record pace, and snaps “only” 20 license plates in the 2nd minute, 17 in the 3rd minute, 14 in the 4th minute… what’s the pattern, and how many do you think he snaps in the 7th minute? Bonus: If Bill had snapped 1 license plate every 3 seconds for 1 minute, would he have set the record at 23 plates?

The sky’s the limit: If Bill can keep breaking 23 plates per minute, how long would it take him to break more than 1,000 plates?