Education Technology

Empty Seats

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

This activity allows students to use a simulation to understand why airline companies routinely overbook flights.

Before the Activity

  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • During the Activity

    Students will:

  • Understand and apply basic concepts of probability
  • Use proportionality and a basic understanding of probability to make and test conjectures about the results of experiments and simulations
  • After the Activity

  • Review student answers
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary