Education Technology

Probability Simulations

Published on 09/26/2011

Activity Overview

Students use the random integer (randInt) command to simulate probability experiments. They also graph the number of trials and corresponding probabilities to observe the Law of Large Numbers. Simulated experiments involve tossing a coin, spinning a spinner, and observing the gender of children in a family.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the information on the first page. Download and distribute the attached .tns file and Student Worksheet for use during the activity. A .tns file containing expected student results is also available for download.

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. If desired, discuss the extension with students.