Casino – This Wednesday

The purpose of this activity is for you to create and analyze a game of chance that you might be able to use with children to understand probability. Scoring of your game goes as follows:

 

  1. (2 points) There is a physical game of chance that requires probability for winning/losing.

 

  1. (2 points) The game leads to considering probability concepts. A game involving dice or an spinner activity makes the player consider how she might want to bet.

 

  1. (3 points) The person running the game is able to articulate (to the teacher) how probability works in the game (What the probability is of winning and losing).

 

  1. (3 points) A short (1-2 paragraph) written explanation of the game and its probability has been provided. This explanation is in the your own words.
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—The purpose of this activity is for you to create and analyze a game of chance that you might be able to use with children to understand probability. Scoring of your game goes as follows:

—(2 points) There is a physical game of chance that requires probability for winning/losing.

—

—(2 points) The game leads to considering probability concepts. A game involving dice or an spinner activity makes the player consider how she might want to bet.

—

—(3 points) The person running the game is able to articulate (to the teacher) how probability works in the game (What the probability is of winning and losing).

 

—(3 points) A short (1-2 paragraph) written explanation of the game and its probability has been provided. This explanation is in the your own words.

M119 Final Exam Preparation

There is a famous problem in probability that caused a stir among mathematicians and regular folks. It’s called, The Monty Hall Problem.

Please find out some information about this problem and bring it to class on Wednesday.

This isn’t about homework. I just wanted to share with you how wonderful it is to be at a professional conference – something all of you who become teachers will do someday. I’ve been to a bunch of sessions by people who teach the same classes that I teach to you, both researchers and practitioners. Though I often complain about the state of math teaching, there are a dedicated group who are doing something to make the next generation of math teachers the most effective ever. You will be part of that group.

I’ve gotten to see some math rock stars here. Right now Jo Boaler is giving a talk to about 1,000 people. We had to wait in line for over an hour to get in. She’s a MATH TEACHER. Would you believe it? When you have finally become professionals and are working with kids every day you’ll want to learn from others who have great ideas. Coming to a conference is a great way to do this.

I’ve had a pretty good time getting my inner nerd on. I spent two hours yesterday talking statistics with a group of AP Stats teachers. They were pretty interested in the projects you all did. They were also interested that elementary teachers were doing that kind of analysis.

My son Isaac came out for a couple of days and we managed to get a trip to the seashore in. Northern California is a beautiful place. I hope some/all of you will get to see it eventually.

To learn more about NCTM and/or the conference go to nctm.org

 

Since I messed up the post (BTW, do any of you still follow M118? Did you see the probability there?) You only have to complete the problem set I just posted for Monday. However, PLEASE  watch this video.

 

I seem to have screwed up my post from Tuesday. It made it to 118 but not you. Sometimes I hate technology – a feeling I’m sure many of you share. Because this is going up today I won’t post a problem set for the second video. Just be sure to watch the video.

Here is what you are supposed to have seen:

This is the content you’ll need to work on Problem Set 2. Please watch them carefully. Much of this content can be found in books in the library too (if any of you prefer that way of learning).

These two videos are a little repetitive- which is good. You’ll get to hear the important information in slightly different ways.

http://study.com/academy/lesson/probability-of-simple-compound-and-complementary-events.html

 

Here is the problem set to go with the videos:

1. If you roll a dice, find the probability that you’ll roll a 4.

2. Find the probability that you’ll roll an even number with one dice.

3. Find the probability that you’ll roll a 3 or a 6 with one dice.

4. Find the probability that you’ll roll a 4 WITH TWO DICE.

5. Find the probability that you’ll roll an even number WITH TWO DICE.

6. Find the probability that you’ll roll a 3 or a 6 with two dice.

7. What’s the probability of two heads if you flip two coins?

8. What’s the probability that the of only ONE head if you flip two coins?

9. What’s the probability of flipping a heads and rolling a 6 with one coin and one dice?

10. What’s the probability of flipping two heads and a 3 or a 6 with two coins and two dice?

Dear Mathemateers,

As usual, when I put out an urgent email  to take care of business there’s a little “jumping to conclusions”.

For the record, until any of you give me reason to believe otherwise, I believe you when you tell me you did something. I know that almost all of you have done the work that doesn’t appear in your Dropbox. But I can’t grade work I don’t have. The urgency is to get it to me so I can give you the credit you deserve.

So, there’s no need for panic or consternation. Just get your work to me by tomorrow and everything is peachy.

This is a reminder that this analysis was part of a menu assignment I posted. Some of you have listed it as homework (I have generally found those). If you don’t have this in your folder, please label it so I can find it on Friday.

Dear Everyone,

I’m reviewing Dropbox folders and I’m concerned. MANY of you are still missing assignments. For a few (not many) there seem to be issues related to your management of Dropbox. I am sending out individual emails when I believe this is the case. If you get one of these emails you can either create a new Dropbox folder and share it with me (Use the gmail address I send you) OR you can send me email attachments.

These are the assignments I am grading:

Geometry: Town Project

Geometry: Tesselations

Statistics: Best School in NYC

Statistics: Survey Project

There are only 120 points (including 10 for participation and homework). If you miss these assignments (NO CREDIT AFTER 4:00 TOMORROW) you cannot achieve higher than a C.

I cannot give you credit for these assignments after tomorrow. As fond as I am about you all, it will not prevent me from failing you. Please take this seriously.

Dr. T

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