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As you just learned, generally the actual yield is less than the theoretical yield—that is, what actually happened often turns out to be less than what we calculated was possible to happen. All scientists work with what is theoretically possible, at the mathematical level, and what usually happens, at the experimental level.
Interestingly there is a time in the Bible where Jesus’ disciples have to asses a similar situation. A crowd has gathered—a very, very large crowd—and they don’t have a lot of food (only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish). Looking at what they have they predict, or we might say they “do the math” and realize that they will not be able to feed this crowd with what they have. Take a look:
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
But here’s the thing. Jesus rebukes the disciples and tells them not to send the crowds away. He promises that what he will do is beyond what they can predict. Jesus plans to deliver more than what the disciples can possibly imagine. Look at what happens:
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
In this case the actual yield was actually more than the theoretical yield. What made sense mathematically significantly underestimated Jesus’ potential.
Discussion: Think about what you just learned about percent yield. Now consider this scripture. What do you see as the advantages to carefully planning and estimating what your future holds and what do you see as the advantages to being open to the surprises and abundance this passage invites us to expect? (Hint, if you need to think about some specific examples consider your decision about what to do after high school)