Being Resourceful - Statistics

In a Box

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Chris and Jo put two red and four blue ribbons in a box. They each pick a ribbon from the box without looking. Jo wins if the two ribbons are the same colour. Is the game fair?

Odds and Evens

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

Two's Company

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls touch. What is the probability of winning?

Cosy Corner

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in the corner?

Substitution Cipher

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

Which Spinners?

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

M, M and M

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Sociable Cards

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?

Last One Standing

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

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

What Does Random Look Like?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.

Perception Versus Reality

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Infographics are a powerful way of communicating statistical information. Can you come up with your own?

Wipeout

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you do a little mathematical detective work to figure out which number has been wiped out?

Box Plot Match

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Match the cumulative frequency curves with their corresponding box plots.

Unequal Averages

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...