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Probability

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Probability. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Probability Starters:

Bus Stop: How many different ways can four people stand in line?

Coloured Sheep: What is the probability of picking a red sheep from the sheep in the field?

Ice Cream: How many different ice cream cones can be made by choosing two scoops from six flavours?

Pick From The Pot: The pot contains 10 counters which are being randomly removed and replaced. How many of each colour do you think are in the pot?

Tran's Hats: In how many different ways might Tran decide to wear his hats in one week?

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Shunting Puzzles

Shunting Puzzles

These puzzles are Transum's versions of the shunting or switching puzzles made popular by train enthusiasts and logic puzzle solvers.

 

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Notes:

Probability is a measure of the weight of evidence, and is arrived at through reasoning and inference. In simple terms it is a measure or estimation of likelihood of the occurrence of an event. The word probability comes from the Latin word probabilitas which is a measure of the authority of a witness in a legal case. Some of the earlier mathematical studies of probability were motivated by the desire to be more profitable when gambling. Today however the practical uses of probability theory go far beyond gambling and are used in many aspects of modern life.

We believe that even adults can, in many cases, have a poor intuition regarding the effects of probability. These activities are designed to help pupils calculate but also get a 'feel' for the principles of probability.

Probability Teacher Resources:

Dice and Spinners: Computer generated random numbers for games and probability experiments

Dice Bingo: Choose your own numbers for your bingo card. The caller uses two dice and adds the numbers together.

Greater Than: The teacher has a set of six cards numbered 1 to 6. They are placed face down on the teachers desk so that the teacher can pick up one at random which students then have to fit onto a grid.

Probability Line: Arrange some statements in order according to the probability of them happening.

Probability Words: A visual aid to highlight the vocabulary of probability and to debate the relationship between the given words.

Snail Race: Twelve snails have a race based on the sum of two dice. This is the teachers' version of the race simulation.

Two Dice Possibility Space: An interactive visual aid showing the possibility space obtained when throwing two dice

Probability Activities:

Great Expectation: An interactive online activity requiring logical thinking and a certain amount of luck to place the digits on the correct side of the inequality sign.

Hi-Low Predictions: A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV show. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower.

Pin Drop: Estimate the probability of a drawing pin landing point up from experimental data.

Probability: 20 probability questions in an online exercise.

Probability Line: Arrange some statements in order according to the probability of them happening.

Probability Washing Line: Hang out the washing on the line so that the probability words on the t-shirts are in order.

Snail Race: A race between 12 snails. Which snail is most likely to win? This is the students' version of the race simulation.

Tree Diagrams: Calculate the probability of independent and dependent combined events using tree diagrams.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Probability.

Probability Investigations:

Dice Investigation: Throw two dice and multiply the scores. Investigate the different products you can obtain. What about adding? What about using three dice?

Egg boxes: In how many different ways can two eggs be arranged in an egg box?

House Painting: The houses in Mathsland are all three storeys tall. Each storey is painted using one colour. How many ways can the houses be painted.

Predictive Survey: An eight question survey collecting data for an amazing probability experiment.

Traffic Jams: How many ways can three cars be lined up in a traffic jam?

Probability Videos:

GCSE Probability Part 1: Screencast of probability lesson for Intermediate GCSE Maths.

The Price is Right: How lucky can you get? How many ways are there to arrange the digits 23019? What strategies might a contestant use to get a price from these 5 digits.

Probability External Links:

Links to other websites containing resources for Probability are provided for teachers logged into 'Class Admin'. Subscribing to this service also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel.

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