Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Computer for Presenter, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Overhead Projector
Keywords: Probability, Decision Trees, Limiting Cases
We use the Monty Hall problem as a fun example of an instance where you have to make a decision with multiple possible outcomes, each with a different probability. We teach students how to use a decision tree to determine the best choice for both the Monty Hall problem and other situations. We try to get students to think about other situations in their lives where they make decisions with limited knowledge about the outcomes, and whether or not "making the correct decision" depends on the eventual outcome. We also try to teach how limiting cases can be helpful for developing an intuition. By the end of how video, students should be able to make and use a decision tree and appreciate some of the everyday circumstances where they apply.
Source and Access Information
Name of Author/Source: Sam Shames, MIT BLOSSOMS
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Massachusettes Institute of Technology
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
Access Privileges: Public
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