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Tossing Coins


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    The Actuarial Foundation

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Tossing Coins

In this math game, learners investigate probability by tossing coins. Learners determine the possible outcomes of tossing two coins simultaneously, and the probabilities of the different outcomes. In the follow-up activities, learners prove by example why there are four possible outcomes.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Two U.S. coins (do not use plastic coins)
  • Game board
  • Game pieces

Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Probability
    • Number and Operations
      • Decimals
      • Fractions
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof

Informal Categories


  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Rimbey, M.Ed., NBCT (Math), Kimberly

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Actuarial Foundation, ©2007

Funding Sources:

  • Ernst & Young
  • New York Life Foundation
  • Swiss Re
  • Towers Perrin

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