Students explore concepts related to the counting principle and exponential notation. They write rules for calculations involving the counting principle and find the total number of possibilities from a set of rules.
Before the Activity
See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
Print pages 98 - 101 from the attached PDF file for your class
During the Activity
Distribute the pages to the class.Formulate a set of rules for designing a personal license plate
Work out the number of possible ways for a character to be placed in each position
Use permutations and combinations to determine the total number of possible combinations
Generate a sample license plate for the developed set of rules
Follow the activity procedures:
After the Activity
Students complete the Student Activity pages and answer questions.
Review student results
As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
Re-teach concepts as necessary