Type:

Unit

Description:

This lesson teaches students how to make decisions in the face of uncertainty by using decision trees. It is aimed for high school kids with a minimal background in probability; the students only need to know how to calculate the probability of two uncorrelated events both occurring (ie flipping 2 heads in a row). Over the course of this lesson, students will learn about the role of uncertainty in decision making, how to make and use a decision tree, how to use limiting cases to develop an intuition, and how this applies to everyday life. The video portion is about fifteen minutes, and the whole lesson, including activities, should be completed in about forty-five minutes. Some of the activities call for students to work in pairs, but a larger group is also okay, especially for the discussion centered activities. The required materials for this lesson are envelopes, small prizes, and some things similar in size and shape to the prize.Full lesson from MIT Blossoms

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Geometry

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

Keywords:

fair decisions

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Update Standards?

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Model with mathematics.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Use appropriate tools strategically.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Attend to precision.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Look for and make use of structure.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-MD.B.6: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

(+) Use probabilities to make fair decisions (e.g., drawing by lots, using a random number generator).

CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-MD.B.7: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

(+) Analyze decisions and strategies using probability concepts (e.g., product testing, medical testing, pulling a hockey goalie at the end of a game).
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