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Illuminations:  Birthday Paradox

Illuminations: Birthday Paradox

Created by Illuminations: Resources for Teaching Mathematics, this lesson plan uses the Birthday Paradox to introduce basic concepts of probability. Students run a Monte Carlo simulation using the TI-83 graphing calculator to generate random dates, and then search for matching pairs. Students also perform a graphical analysis of the birthday-problem function. The site offers insight on: learning objectives, materials needed, an instructional plan, extensions, NCTM standards and expectations and references.


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