Technology Tips: Exploring the Cereal Box Problem with Fathom

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A number of experiments modeled in mathematics classes involve repeating an action until a specific condition is met. One might be interested in seeing how long it takes until a sum of 12 is rolled on two fair dice or until a specific name is drawn from a hat. These problems are easy to model by using physical materials and running the experiment a few times. But to see what happens over the long run, statistical modeling software is a useful alternative.


Kathleen Lynch-Davis Appalachian State University Boone, NC 28608

Shannon Driskell University of Dayton Dayton, OH 45469

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Jeffrey J. Wanko,, is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches mathematics methods and content courses for preservice teachers. He is interested in number theory, geometry, logic puzzles, and the history of mathematics.

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