Activity: Exploring the Birthday Paradox Using a Monte Carlo Simulation  
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Description:  This lesson plan presents an activity which demonstrates the birthday paradox, using it as a springboard into a unit on probability. Explanation on the difficulty with probability; Use of the TI83 graphing calculator to run a Monte Carlo simulation with the birthday paradox; Graphical analysis of the birthdayproblem function.  
Technology Type:  TI Calculator  
Authors:  Matthew Whitney NCTM: Illuminations 

Language:  English  
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Courses:  Math 6  Probability  
Math 7  Probability  
Probability & Statistics  Simulating Experiments  
