Activities for Students: Teaching Probability and Statistics Using Game Shows

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The mathematical branch of probability has its origins in games and gambling. And so it is not surprising that our most common examples for teaching probability in the classroom—coins, dice, and cards—come from this domain. But how else can we teach probability, once these basic examples have been exhausted? Television game shows provide an answer. What we present here is just one of the game shows we have used to introduce students to several aspects of statistics and probability and to spark their interest in these topics.

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Matthew A. Carlton,, and Mary V. Mortlock,, teach in the statistics department at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407. Mortlock's professional interests include high school mathematics and statistics education and teacher training. Carlton is interested in probability theory, statistics education, and teacher training.

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