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Interactive Mathematics--Probability

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Minnie Groom (Student), Mar 16, 2006
Comment: I reviewed this material extensively in planning a lesson for my remedial ninth
grade math class. After reviewing several of the available problems, I selected
the Monty Hall problem to be the focus of my lesson. While I have not actually
used the lesson yet with my students, I plan to in the next few weeks. The
quality of the content is very high. I appreciated the variety of classic
probability problems that were presented in such a manner that they would be
accessible to high school students but also engaging for college students or
adults as well. The written descriptions of the problems are informative and
thorough and the simulations are engaging. I am extremely optimistic that this
resource will be able to be used effectively to help my students understand the
use of simulations in solving probability problems.

Technical Remarks:

I found this online resource easy to use and navigate. Despite warnings that
some computers may have trouble running the simulations, I had no technical
difficulties whatsoever in running the simulations on my home computer and I
also no problems running them on the computers at work. One change that might
make the Monty Hall simulation easier to understand would be to change the
program for the applet to open one door at a time more like it was described on
the show Let's Make a Deal.