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Playing Squash

Stage: 5

Playing squash involves lots of mathematics. This article explores the mathematics of a squash match and how a knowledge of probability could influence the choices you make.

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Squash

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

If the score is 8-8 do I have more chance of winning if the winner is the first to reach 9 points or the first to reach 10 points?

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Same Number!

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If everyone in your class picked a number from 1 to 225, do you think any two people would pick the same number?

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Win or Lose?

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A gambler bets half the money in his pocket on the toss of a coin, winning an equal amount for a head and losing his money if the result is a tail. After 2n plays he has won exactly n times. Has. . . .

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FA Cup

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

In four years 2001 to 2004 Arsenal have been drawn against Chelsea in the FA cup and have beaten Chelsea every time. What was the probability of this? Lots of fractions in the calculations!

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Fixing the Odds

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

You have two bags, four red balls and four white balls. You must put all the balls in the bags although you are allowed to have one bag empty. How should you distribute the balls between the two. . . .

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Last One Standing

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine a room full of people who keep flipping coins until they get a tail. Will anyone get six heads in a row?

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The Derren Brown Coin Flipping Scam

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Calculate probabilities associated with the Derren Brown coin scam in which he flipped 10 heads in a row.

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Snooker

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A player has probability 0.4 of winning a single game. What is his probability of winning a 'best of 15 games' tournament?

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Put Out

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

After transferring balls back and forth between two bags the probability of selecting a green ball from bag 2 is 3/5. How many green balls were in bag 2 at the outset?

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Voting Paradox

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Some relationships are transitive, such as `if A>B and B>C then it follows that A>C', but some are not. In a voting system, if A beats B and B beats C should we expect A to beat C?

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Knock-out

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Before a knockout tournament with 2^n players I pick two players. What is the probability that they have to play against each other at some point in the tournament?

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The Better Bet

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

So which is the better bet? Both games cost £1 to play. Getting two heads and two tails for £3 or £2 for every six when three dice are rolled.

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Genetics

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.

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The Random World

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

Think that a coin toss is 50-50 heads or tails? Read on to appreciate the ever-changing and random nature of the world in which we live.

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Probability Resources

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This set of resources for teachers offers interactive environments to support probability work at Key Stage 4.

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Stats Statements

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Are these statistical statements sometimes, always or never true? Or it is impossible to say?

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Gambling at Monte Carlo

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A man went to Monte Carlo to try and make his fortune. Whilst he was there he had an opportunity to bet on the outcome of rolling dice. He was offered the same odds for each of the. . . .

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Mathsland National Lottery

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out the probability of winning the Mathsland National Lottery? Try our simulator to test out your ideas.

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Like Father Like Son

Stage: 4 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What is the chance I will have a son who looks like me?

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Balls and Bags

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Two bags contain different numbers of red and blue balls. A ball is removed from one of the bags. The ball is blue. What is the probability that it was removed from bag A?

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Teams

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Two brothers belong to a club with 10 members. Four are selected for a match. Find the probability that both brothers are selected.

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At Least One...

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine flipping a coin a number of times. Can you work out the probability you will get a head on at least one of the flips?

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Taking Chances Extended

Stage: 4 and 5

This article, for students and teachers, is mainly about probability, the mathematical way of looking at random chance.

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Introducing Distributions

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

When five dice are rolled together which do you expect to see more often, no sixes or all sixes ?

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Distribution Differences

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How could you compare different situation where something random happens ? What sort of things might be the same ? What might be different ?

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Bet You a Million

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Heads or Tails - the prize doubles until you win it. How much would you pay to play?

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The Birthday Bet

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The next ten people coming into a store will be asked their birthday. If the prize is £20, would you bet £1 that two of these ten people will have the same birthday ?

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Scratch Cards

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

To win on a scratch card you have to uncover three numbers that add up to more than fifteen. What is the probability of winning a prize?

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Coin Tossing Games

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

You and I play a game involving successive throws of a fair coin. Suppose I pick HH and you pick TH. The coin is thrown repeatedly until we see either two heads in a row (I win) or a tail followed by. . . .

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Chances Are

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Which of these games would you play to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a prize?

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Weekly Challenge 37: Magic Bag

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A weekly challenge concerning combinatorical probability.

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Succession in Randomia

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

By tossing a coin one of three princes is chosen to be the next King of Randomia. Does each prince have an equal chance of taking the throne?

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Odds and Evens

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair game by adding odd and even numbers?

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Snooker Frames

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

It is believed that weaker snooker players have a better chance of winning matches over eleven frames (i.e. first to win 6 frames) than they do over fifteen frames. Is this true?

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Rain or Shine

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Predict future weather using the probability that tomorrow is wet given today is wet and the probability that tomorrow is wet given that today is dry.

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Interactive Spinners

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This interactivity invites you to make conjectures and explore probabilities of outcomes related to two independent events.

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Which Spinners?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?

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Card Game (a Simple Version of Clock Patience)

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Four cards are shuffled and placed into two piles of two. Starting with the first pile of cards - turn a card over... You win if all your cards end up in the trays before you run out of cards in. . . .

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Limiting Probabilities

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Given probabilities of taking paths in a graph from each node, use matrix multiplication to find the probability of going from one vertex to another in 2 stages, or 3, or 4 or even 100.

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Football World Cup Simulation

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.

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How Many Balls?

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A bag contains red and blue balls. You are told the probabilities of drawing certain combinations of balls. Find how many red and how many blue balls there are in the bag.

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Thank Your Lucky Stars

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

A counter is placed in the bottom right hand corner of a grid. You toss a coin and move the star according to the following rules: ... What is the probability that you end up in the top left-hand. . . .