Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Session 8, Part A:
Probability in Statistics (20 minutes)

In This Part: What Is Probability? | A Game of Chance?

 Problem A1 Make a list of the topics and ideas that come to mind when you think of probability, including both everyday uses of probability and mathematical or school uses.

 Problem A2 What does probability have to do with statistics? Think about ways that statistics might use probability, and vice versa.

 Video Segment In this video segment, participants discuss probability and how it relates to statistics. Watch this segment after recording your own thoughts on Problems A1 and A2. If you're using a VCR, you can find this segment on the session video approximately 2 minutes and 8 seconds after the Annenberg Media logo.

 When many people think of probability, they think of rolling dice, picking numbers at random, or playing the lottery. In fact, games of chance, which often involve dice or other random devices, rely on the principles of probability.

 Problem A3 What is a random event? Give an example of something that happens randomly and something that does not.

 Session 8: Index | Notes | Solutions | Video