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Topic: Re: Homework/First Day (fwd)
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Bob Hayden

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Re: Homework/First Day (fwd)
Posted: Aug 19, 1996 3:03 PM
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These are interesting exercises but what do they have to do with
statistics? I think a good opening exercise should give the students
an idea of what the course is going to be about.


Regarding the first day, here are two activities. The first is the
"classic" handshake problem in ehich the question is: is every person
shakes hands with all others in the room, how many handshakes would there
be? This is a good chance to look at some counting as well as developing
an intuitive recursive formula for solving the problem.

The second is to arrange the desks in a block, 3x4, 5x5, 5x6, or whatever
you have, and ask if it is possible for students to sit in each desk and
then all change seats by moving to only a horizontally or vertically
adjacent desk. Some nice patterns, and properties of hamilton circuits
(hint, hint) in an mxn rectangle can emerge here.

Hope this helps.


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