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Games leading to ideas on probability

This link is to Probability and Statistics, a Nuffield Foundation book available to download from the National STEM Centre eLibrary. The relevant section is Games leading to ideas on probability on pages 16-25.  

The games include: (i) ‘Galton’s Quincunx’, in which ball-bearings can be dropped through a maze of pins, resulting in a distribution based on Pascal’s triangle; and (ii) throwing a single die or a pair of dice with various numbers of sides.

The resource includes a case study. Other possible games are mentioned on page 26. 

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