Thursday, 23 April 2015 | Comments
Probability is one of those topics where it's best to "see it".
In this activity, students with a 6-sided dice choose the 'winner'. Then, 10 rolls at a time, they tally rolls and then calculate the relative frequency as a fraction and a decimal.
They do this for 50 rolls. On the reverse, students graph results for their chosen dice. The graph includes a line for the theoretical probability.
A nice result would be when the resulting line trends towards the theoretical probability, of course that is not always going to happen - a great discussion point.
In the Excel file, there are three different simulations:
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