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Weird Dice (MatheMUSEments!)

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Author:Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)
Description: In the dice game Piggy, you and your opponent take turns rolling a pair of ordinary dice. Your score is the sum of the face values of the dice, so if you roll a three and a four, you get seven points. The first player to reach 100 points wins. Suppose you can choose between using a standard pair of dice or a special pair where one of the weird dice has faces labeled 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, and 4, and the other has faces labeled 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. Amazingly, your chances of rolling any particular total are the same with either pair of dice... [Produced 10 times a year by the publishers of Cricket magazine (in association with Smithsonian magazine), Muse features articles and activities for children 8 years old and up.]

Levels: Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Permutations/Combinations, Probability

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