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NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Mind Games" - Right or Wrong

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In "Mind Games," a psychic shocks Charlie by incorrectly guessing the color (black or red) of 25 cards in a row. As Larry says, "the probability of getting them all wrong is the same as getting them all right." This activity applies the binomial theorem to the probability of correctly guessing a particular outcome for a number of events.

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.