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Guess the Last Ball

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Overview:
This video lesson uses the technique of induction to show students how to analyze a seemingly random occurrence in order to understand it through the development of a mathematical model. Using the medium of a simple game, Dr. Lodhi demonstrates how students can first apply the 'rules' to small examples of the game and then, through careful observation, can begin to see the emergence of a possible pattern. Students will learn that they can move from observing a pattern to proving that their observation is correct by the development of a mathematical model. Dr. Lodhi provides a second game for students in the Teacher Guide downloadable on this page. There are no prerequisites for this lesson and needed materials include only a blackboard and objects of two different varieties - such as plain and striped balls, apples and oranges, etc. The lesson can be completed in a 50-minute class period.
Level:
Middle School, High School
Grades:
Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Provider:
MIT Learning International Networks Consortium
Provider Set:
M.I.T. Blossoms
Date Added:
06/02/2012
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
Language:
English
Media Format:
Video

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