How likely? - November 2010, Stage 1&2

In this month's problems we invite you to experiment with a range of situations whose outcomes may surprise you. Can you use mathematics to explain why you shouldn't be so surprised?

Problems

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Probable Words

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If you asked your mum/dad/friend to take you to the park today, what sort of response might you get?

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The Hair Colour Game

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?

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In the Playground

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?

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The Car That Passes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?

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Probably ...

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

You'll need to work in a group for this problem. The idea is to decide, as a group, whether you agree or disagree with each statement.

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Winning the Lottery

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

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?