Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Democracy" - No Desk Left Behind

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In "Democracy", Charlie calculates the likelihood that five people who knew each other would have died by accident in a two-week period. He estimates that the odds of this are 700 million to 1. To estimate likelihood of an event, a simulation can be used. In this activity, students use a simulation to estimate the likelihood that more than 4 students in a class of 30 are left-handed (when it is assumed that only 10% of all students are left-handed).

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.