Purpose:

The student will learn the probability necessary to analyze a lottery and determine probability of winning, expected value of a single entry, and the mechanics of setting up a lottery as a fair game.
Content Overview:

Basic Definition of Probability
Permutations and Combinations
Lottery Probabilities
Mathematical Expectation
Definition of a Fair Game
Objectives:

Simple Probability Calculations
Evaluating Combinations
Lottery Probability Calculations
Determination of Expected Value
Analysis of a Fair Game
Design a Lottery to Meet Specifications

Standards: Exceedingly High

Prior Knowledge:

The student should be at the Algebra II level or above.
Time Frame:

Day 1: Simple Probability
Day 2: Permutations
Day 3: Combinations
Day 4: Lottery Probability
Day 5: Mathematical Expectation & Fair Games
Day 6: Lottery Design Project
Materials:

Pencil and Paper
Textbook
Graphing Calculator
Internet Access

*These pages were made
through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development component of GirlTECH,
which is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE)
with support from the National Science Foundation through EOT-PACI. *

*Copyright
© June 2001 by Jim Stones. *