Math 113 - Classroom Activities

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Activity 1 - Bubbles

Who said Math isn't fun?
Date:January 19, 2001
Due:January 30, 2001
Handout:Activity 01 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.
Video:Running Length 6:28
[Streaming] [Download] - 180x120, 1.7 MB - Dial-up
[Streaming] [Download] - 320x240, 10.8 MB - Broadband

Activity 2 - The Dating Game

Guessing at standard deviations
Date:January 26, 2001
Due:January 26, 2001
Handout:Activity 02 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.
Video:Running Length 9:06
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[Streaming] [Download] - 320x240, 15.2 MB - Broadband

Activity 3 - Starbursts

Finding probabilities
Date:February 2, 2001
Due:February 5, 2001
Handout:Activity 03 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.
Video:Running Length 5:25
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:"But that's like if I would flip a quarter ten times, I'm not going to get the same answer as you." [real audio]
Stephanie Patrick, explaining the concept of random events.

Activity 4 - Craps

TJ Kissing the dice
Date:February 6, 2001
Due:February 9, 2001
Handout:Activity 04 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.
Video:Running Length 6:40
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Activity 5 - Central Limit Theorem

Photo not available
Date:February 26, 2001
Due:March 1, 2001
Handout:Activity 05 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.

Activity 6 - M & M's

Date:March 23, 2001
Due:March 26, 2001
Handout:Activity 06 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.
Video:Running Length 5:26
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[Streaming] [Download] - 320x240, 9.1 MB - Broadband

Activity 7 - Does Review Help?

Date:March 27, 2001
Due:March 29, 2001
Handout:Activity 07 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.

Activity 8 - Popcorn

Date:March 23, 2001
Due:April 6, 2001
Handout:Activity 08 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.

Activity 9 - Fair Dice?

Fair Dice
Date:April 16, 2001
Due:April 17, 2001
Handout:Activity 09 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.

Activity 10 - Finger Length

Finger Length
Date:April 26, 2001
Due:April 26, 2001
Handout:Activity 10 [PDF]
Data:HTML or PDF format.

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Many thanks to Keith Ryan and Adrian Ridley for videotaping the activities.
Math 113 page.
James Jones homepage.