Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 1 - "Man Hunt" - Stick or Switch

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Man Hunt," Charlie teaches a class called "Math for Non-Mathematicians." In it, he suggests that in mathematics, instinct is not always to be trusted. To illustrate his point, he recreates what has become a classic probability problem called the "Monty Hall" problem.
Students will be able to test their intuition regarding its solution, and then simulate playing the game to collect data on long-term results.

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 Extenstions Page.