Education Technology

Plinko

Published on 09/06/2010

Activity Overview

Students simulate a popular game, find experimental probabilities, and then compare those probabilities to the corresponding theoretical probabilities.

Key Steps

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    Students will explore experimental and theoretical probability by simulating the Plinko! game.

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    Using the random number generator, students will simulate the disk falling into one of the five slots. They will then use this data to create a histogram and to calculate the experimental probability of each outcome of the simulation.

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    Students will then look at the class set of data before calculating the theoretical probability of each outcome. Theoretical probabilities are then compared to the experimental probabilities determined earlier.