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Mice with Fangs: Intro to Punnett Squares

Creating combinations at Chez Punnett

One easy way to represent each combination is simply to make a square, with possible entrees on the top and possible desserts on the side. Each box within the square represents a possible meal -- you can see it by placing your cursor in the box.

  1. Bikini Shrimp 2. Drunken Trout 3. Pinecone Gratin 4. Plum Hen 5. Turkey Puff
1. Chocolate Mink Bikini Shrimp with
Chocolate Mink
Trout with
Chocolate Mink
Gratin with
Chocolate Mink
Hen in Chicken in Turkey with
Chocolate Mink
Turkey Puff Pie with
Chocolate Mink
2. 1000 Layer Cake Bikini Shrimp with
Chocolate Layer Cake
Trout with
Chocolate Layer Cake
Gratin with
Chocolate Layer Cake
Hen in Chicken in Turkey with
Chocolate Layer Cake
Turkey Puff Pie with
Chocolate Layer Cake
3. Pom Popsicle Bikini Shrimp with
Pom Popsicle
Trout with
Pom Popsicle
Gratin with
Pom Popsicle
Hen in Chicken in Turkey with
Pom Popsicle
Turkey Puff Pie with
Pom Popsicle
4. Avocdo Gelato Bikini Shrimp with
Avocado Gelato
Trout with
Avocado Gelato
Gratin with
Avocado Gelato
Hen in Chicken in Turkey with
Avocado Gelato
Turkey Puff Pie with
Avocado Gelato
5. Watermelon Croissant Bikini Shrimp with
Watermelon Croissant
Trout with
Watermelon Croissant
Gratin with
Watermelon Croissant
Hen in Chicken in Turkey with
Watermelon Croissant
Turkey Puff Pie with
Watermelon Croissant

 

Notice that along the top we have the complete set of possible entrees. Along the side we have the complete set of possible desserts. Certainly no one person would order all five desserts, or all five entrees! In fact for any given meal, we only want to choose ONE from the top and ONE from the side.

Try it below: clicking on “go” will pick a random entrée and a random dessert

Meal-O-Matic



main course:

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dessert course:

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Your Meal for Tonight:

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