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Scratch Cards

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Coin Tossing Games

Age 14 to 16
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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. . . .

Bet You a Million

Age 14 to 16
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Heads or Tails - the prize doubles until you win it. How much would you pay to play?

Chances Are

Age 14 to 16
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Which of these games would you play to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a prize?

Distribution Differences

Age 14 to 16
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How could you compare different situation where something random happens ? What sort of things might be the same ? What might be different ?

The Better Choice

Age 14 to 16
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Here are two games you can play. Which offers the better chance of winning?

Can't Find a Coin?

Age 11 to 14
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Can you generate a set of random results? Can you fool the random simulator?

What Do You Know about Probability? (2)

Age 11 to 14
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What are the likelihoods of different events when you roll a dice?

Tools for Thinking about Probability

Age 11 to 14
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Can you design your own probability scale?
How do you describe the different parts?

Gambling at Monte Carlo

Age 14 to 16
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A man went to Monte Carlo to try and make his fortune. Is his strategy a winning one?

Same Number!

Age 14 to 16
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If everyone in your class picked a number from 1 to 225, do you think any two people would pick the same number?

The Birthday Bet

Age 14 to 16
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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 ?

Mathsland National Lottery

Age 14 to 16
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Can you work out the probability of winning the Mathsland National Lottery?

Misunderstanding Randomness

Age 11 to 14
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Which of these ideas about randomness are actually correct?

Voting Paradox

Age 14 to 18
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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?

In a Box

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Thank Your Lucky Stars

Age 14 to 16
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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. . . .

Nine or Ten?

Age 11 to 14 Short
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Is a score of 9 more likely than a score of 10 when you roll three dice?

Marbles and Bags

Age 14 to 16
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Two bags contain different numbers of red and blue marbles. A marble is removed from one of the bags. The marble is blue. What is the probability that it was removed from bag A?

At Least One...

Age 11 to 14
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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?

Who's the Winner?

Age 14 to 16
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When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?

Last One Standing

Age 14 to 16
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Imagine a room full of people who keep flipping coins until they get a tail. Will anyone get six heads in a row?

Like Father Like Son

Age 14 to 16
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What is the chance I will have a son who looks like me?

Genetics

Age 14 to 16
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A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.

What Does Random Look Like?

Age 11 to 14
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Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.

Interactive Spinners

Age 11 to 14
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This interactivity invites you to make conjectures and explore probabilities of outcomes related to two independent events.

Cosy Corner

Age 11 to 14
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Six balls are shaken. You win if at least one red ball ends in a corner. What is the probability of winning?

Which Spinners?

Age 14 to 18
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Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?

Taking Chances

Age 11 to 14
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This article, for students and teachers, is mainly about probability, the mathematical way of looking at random chance and is a shorter version of Taking Chances Extended.

Taking Chances Extended

Age 14 to 18

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

Two's Company

Age 11 to 14
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Seven balls are shaken. You win if the two blue balls end up touching. What is the probability of winning?

Flippin' Discs

Age 11 to 14
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Discs are flipped in the air. You win if all the faces show the same colour. What is the probability of winning?

The Random World

Age 11 to 18

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.

Football World Cup Simulation

Age 7 to 16
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A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.

Odds and Evens

Age 11 to 14
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Are these games fair? How can you tell?

Fixing the Odds

Age 14 to 16
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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. . . .

Win or Lose?

Age 14 to 16
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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. . . .

A Probability Conundrum

Age 14 to 18

What do we mean by probability? This simple problem may challenge your ideas...