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Probability and statistics activities

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From: Roya (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Nov 30, 1998 at 17:47:53
Subject: Re: Probability and statistics activities

I was able to find several interesting sites that have statistics and probability related projects. Go to The Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library: http://mathforum.org/library/ Click on Probability and Statistics Here's a partial list of what I found: http://www.math.uah.edu/stat/ Virtual Laboratories in Probability and Statistics The goal of this project is to provide interactive, web-based modules for students and teachers of probability and statistics. Experiments involved are written in Java, and may take a long time to load, etc. Contents include: special models (Buffon's experiments, card experiments, Bernoulli trials, the ball and urn experiment, the matching experiment, ball and cell experiments, the Poisson process, and red and black), basic probability (probability spaces, distributions, expected value), basic statistics (descriptive statistics, special distributions, the sample mean, interval estimation, sample correlation and regression, goodness of fit, and non-parametric methods), and appendices. http://ink.news.com.au/mercury/mathguys/mercury.htm Numeracy in the News The newspaper articles appearing here were collected from the Tasmanian (Australia) metropolitan daily newspaper, The Mercury, to represent the five areas of the Chance and Data curriculum (Data Collection and Sampling, Data Representation, Chance and Basic Probability, Data Reduction, and Inference), and aspects of numeracy throughout mathematics. Each of these six sections contains a few introductory questions, and each article is followed by a short discussion. Many articles can be associated with more than one part of the curriculum. Some have been purposely linked. Others you may discover for yourself. The articles are also cross-referenced by topic for use in projects, or by teachers of subject areas other than mathematics. News topics include: health, social change, sport, diet, environment/ science, traffic, smoking, politics, and gender issues. http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/mcornell/cerealbox/index.html Fun with Probability! - The Probable Pen in the Cereal Box A cooperative classroom project for grades K-9. Over a three week period, project participants jointly calculated the expected value of a simple probability problem via experimentation. The project occurred between 24 April and 10 May 1996. The Fun with Probability Project was a joint effort among interested schools worldwide to calculate the number of boxes of cereal one needs to purchase to receive a complete set of six colored pens. Project coordinated by Mike Cornell. I hope this is helpful. -Roya, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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