Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "The O.G." - Is It Really Rare?

Published on 12/29/2005

Activity Overview

Suppose that historically, a shooting has occurred in Los Angeles an average of once every 6 hours. Suppose that Charlie is interested in the probability of 2 shootings occurring in a given 24-hour period. He could use a Poisson distribution to find that probability.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions page