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. Key Words: Permutations; Explicit Function; Recursive Function; Modeling.

Date Of Record Creation | 2005-05-23 15:22:00 |
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Date Last Modified | 2006-06-29 10:43:00 |

Date Of Record Release | 2005-05-23 15:22:00 |

Date Issued | 2001 |

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Typical Learning Time | 1 class period |

Author Name | Illuminations |

Author Organization | National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and MarcoPolo |

Technical Requirements | TI-83 or 83 Plus calculator |

Source Code Available | 1 |

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