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Compound Events

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students are introduced to the Multiplication Rule for both independent and dependent events. Using spinners, they compare probabilities found by looking at the sample space and by using the appropriate formula. They will learn what is meant by a conditional probability and find conditional probabilities, some from a table in a spreadsheet. Last, they will use complements of events to find probabilities of "at least one."

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the information on the first page. Download and distribute the attached student TI-Nspire document (.tns file) and student worksheet for use during the activity.

During the Activity

Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.

After the Activity

Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity.