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NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Double Down" - A Bit of Basic Blackjack

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Double Down," three students are tied up in a money-laundering scheme involving money won in the card game blackjack. In this activity, we discuss a simplified version of blackjack and analyze the probability of winning in various situations.
Because cards are drawn from the deck and not replaced, the probabilities are based on the concepts of sampling without replacement and dependent trials. (Note: aspects of betting are not considered in this activity.)

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.