This Birthday Paradox lesson plan also includes:
It might not be your birthday, but the lesson plan is a great gift! Middle and high school pupils use graphing calculators to conduct simulations of the birthday paradox. They discover that, on average, it takes a group of 23 people for two people to have the same birthday.
- Have learners survey different classes to see if the school population matches the results of the simulation
- Resource recommends using the activity to kick-start a unit on probability
- Note that the resource assumes that TI-83/84 graphing calculators are available
- Lists detailed instructions, including screenshots, for how to use graphing calculators for the activity
- Incorporates technology into the math classroom