Probability and Simulation Fun in Statistics

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s Statistics classes had fun with probability and simulation on Friday, April 24. We simulated a family of five with Skittles to see which combinations of boys and girls were most likely. We shook the Skittles and if they landed “S” up it was a girl. As expected two or three girls were the most often outcomes. Next we played a dice game with loaded dice. One had four nines and two zeros. The other die had four threes and two elevens. The students partnered up and chose a die then the highest roll won. They played several rounds to “run many trials.” With the collected outcomes the students identified the winning die. They calculated the actual probabilities to verify their simulation results. But the fun was not over yet. Lastly, we investigated why we really buy cereal. I proposed that it was to acquire the red guitar hidden inside the cereal box for my nephew Blake. With 6 colors available, I asked the students to determine how many boxes I would expect to buy to get the desired red guitar. We used a regular die to simulate each purchased box. When they determined the number of boxes for the red guitar, my nephew changed his mind and now wanted all six guitars; one of each color.

 

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