During this simulation activity, students generate sampling distributions of the sample mean for n = 5 and n = 50 with Fathom 2 and use these distributions to confirm the Central Limit Theorem. Students sample from a large population of randomly selected pennies. Given that the variable of interest is the age of the pennies, which has a geometric distribution, this is a particularly convincing demonstration of the Central Limit Theorem in action. This activity includes detailed instructions on how to use Fathom to generate sampling distributions. The author will provide the Fathom data file upon request.

Alternate Title | Penny Project |
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Email Address | schultzl@rowan.edu |

Date Of Record Creation | 2008-03-27 12:55:36 |

Date Of Record Release | 2010-01-30 20:16:42 |

Date Last Modified | 2010-01-30 20:16:42 |

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Typical Learning Time | Homework assignment; time to complete will vary |

Author's Name | Laura Schultz |

Author's Organization | Rowan University |

Technical Requirements | Fathom 2 software |

Source Code Available | Yes |

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