This article dives into the importance of engaging students in investigating the mathematics of businesses that pressure their members to recruit new members as a basis for success, also referred to as multi-level marketing (MLM). The mathematics behind these businesses are discussed, and a sample student task is given.

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Use this task to help students make sense of and avoid pyramid schemes in businesses that pressure participants to recruit new members as a basis for success.

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