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9. Modeling a situation: Generating frequencies to simulate compound events (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.C.8c http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/SP/C/8/c
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP6
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Lesson objective:  Practice generating frequencies to simulate compound events.

This lesson helps to build procedural skill with generating frequencies to simulate compound events. A frequency table is used here because it supports the organization of generating frequencies and determining the relative frequency. This work develops students' understanding that we can design simulations to generate frequencies for compound events, and then compare the observed frequencies to the expected frequencies.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 5 (use appropriate tools strategically) as they use a method to simulate a situation and generate frequencies.

Key vocabulary:

  • expected frequency
  • experimental probability
  • observed frequency
  • relative frequency
  • simulation
  • theoretical probability

Special materials needed:

  • calculator
  • colored chips
  • colored cubes
  • colored marbles
  • coins
  • deck of cards
  • number cubes
  • spinners
  • tickets