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The Birthday Problem

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students use simulations to answer a popular question involving probabilities.

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
  • Understand and use appropriate terminology to describe complementary and mutually exclusive events
  • After the Activity

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