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An Introduction to Mathematica and the 'Birthday Problem' (MSTE)

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Author:Louie Beuschlein; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Description: A unit for high school seniors in AP Statistics, to introduce students both to Mathematica and to the Monte Carlo method of solving probability problems, in particular, the "Birthday Problem." Using Mathematica's random-number-generating capability along with its ability to work with lists, students can use the computer to simulate the birthdays of any number of people and find approximate but reliable solutions to the problem.

Levels: Twelfth Grade
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities, Mathematica
Math Topics: Data Analysis, Statistics

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