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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.
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Date Of Record Creation 2005-05-23 15:22:00
Date Last Modified 2006-06-29 10:43:00
Date Of Record Release 2005-05-23 15:22:00
Date Issued 2001
Resource Type
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
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Material Type
Statistical Topic
Intended User Role
Math Level

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