Education Technology

Is it Rare?

Published on 11/29/2011

Activity Overview

Students use the Poisson distribution to determine the probabilities for various numbers of hurricanes hitting the United States in a given year.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students will determine the probabilities of various numbers of hurricanes hitting the United States using a Poisson Distribution. They will accomplish this using the Home screen and the List Editor.

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    Then students will explore how the graph of the Poisson Distribution changes when the average number of hurricanes changes by creating a connected scatter plot of the probabilities vs. number of hurricanes.

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    At the end of the activity, students are introduced to finding cumulative probabilities. They are also given additional exercises to complete own their on, either in class or as homework.