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Author:West, Street; Dept. of Statistics, Univ. of South Carolina
Description: As a motivating example behind the discussion of probability, this applet allows students to investigate the Let's Make a Deal Paradox (also known as the Monty Hall Problem, or The Three Doors). This paradox is related to a popular television show in the 1970's. In the show, a contestant was given a choice of three doors of which one contained a prize. The other two doors contained gag gifts like a chicken or a donkey. After the contestant chose an initial door, the host of the show then revealed an empty door among the two unchosen doors, and asks the contestant if he or she would like to switch to the other unchosen door. The question is, should the contestant switch? Do the odds of winning increase by switching to the remaining door? This applet lets you test for probability: pick a door, then switch or stay by clicking on the numbers.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Probability

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