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Three Easy Pieces

Author(s): 
Kyle Siegrist

Kyle Siegrist
(siegrist@math.uah.edu)

University of Alabama - Huntsville

These activities are part of Siegrist's Probability/Statistics Object Library project, a wonderful resource for teachers of probability and statistics as well as people interested in developing their own Java applets for educational use. This small sample consists of three classic problems for student exploration: The Birthday Problem, The Poker Problem, and Buffon's Needle Problem. All three are structured as student exploration followed by computer simulations of a particular problem, and each comes with ample exercises to guide students through interesting questions about what they are doing.

INTENDED USES:

Classroom demonstration or student centered exploration in beginning discussion of probability.

APPROPRIATE COURSES:

Finite math, discrete math, probability/statistics for High School or College

SOFTWARE SPECIFICATIONS:

Should work with a generic Java-enabled browser

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Kyle Siegrist, "Three Easy Pieces," Loci (June 2004)

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