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10. Ashley's big test: Designing an experiment for compound events (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.C.8c
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6
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Lesson objective: Apply simulations to a real world situation.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of simulations and compound probability to a real-life situation. Students are asked to design a simulation to model guessing on five multiple-choice questions with four answer choices.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • We can design simulations to generate frequencies for compound events, and then compare the observed frequencies to the expected frequencies.

Skills students will use:

  • generating frequencies to simulate compound events that have a probability of success that is \(\frac14\).
  • addition to find probabilities for an "at least" problem
  • comparison of experimental probability to theoretical probability

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 5 (use appropriate tools strategically) as they model a situation using a probability simulation.

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
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