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Current Drafts of Student Activities
Probability and Statistics
Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish, Two Fish...
introduction to exploratory data analysis using fish counts at
- Getting to Know Your Class: A classroom
survey to gather data that can be referred to in later parts of the
- How Many Birthdays Today?: Using basic counting
skills and strategies, compute the likelihood of two people in your
class having the same birthday.
- To Switch or not to Switch, That is the Question!
Exploratory activity in basic probability to investigate the
famous "Monty Hall Problem"
- Accuracy and Apparent Accuracy in Medical Testing:
An in-depth look at the factors surrounding "false positives" in
medical screening. Notions of sensitivity, specificity,
apparent sensitivity, and apparent specificity are investigated.
Introduction to Modeling
- The Battle of Trafalgar: Mathematics Meets History: Uses
the setting of the battle of Trafalgar to give students an
introduction to the concept of modeling. Uses proportional
analysis and recursive calculations to study two different battle
- Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow,...
Explores the exponential (Malthusian) and logistic models of
population using both real and imaginative data.
- Cool! Introduces students to Newton's Law of
Cooling and examines how to fit such a mode to real data.
- What's Your Function? Uses logarithms and the
notion of linear fits to help decide which types of functions
(linear, power, exponential) best fit given data.
- Fish and Fishing: An Ecological Model of Fish
Harvesting A more in-depth look at population modeling.
The logistic model is expanded on to include yearly "harvest"
figures resulting in very interesting dynamics.