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Guessing answers to pass a 5-item true false test: solving a binomial problem three different ways

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Bill, AF and Watson, JM and Gayton, P (2009) Guessing answers to pass a 5-item true false test: solving a binomial problem three different ways. Proceedings of the 32nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 1. pp. 57-64. ISSN 978-1-920846-20-6

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Abstract

A binomial problem is examined through the use of three methods: a classical approach using the binomial formula, Pascal’s Triangle, and a frequentist approach using a Fathom™ simulation. Using both physical and virtual coins students explored the distinction between a coin-sequence and a coin-combination (where the order is not important) as a foundation for a 5-item True False test task. Pedagogy was based on general principles identified by probability education research as best practice and by Ma, who emphasised deep understanding of concepts through the use of multiple approaches to problem solving.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Binomial Fathom MERGA Dice Die MERGA32 Sequence Combination
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 32nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Page Range: pp. 57-64
ISSN: 978-1-920846-20-6
Additional Information: © 2009 MERGA
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2009 00:01
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:03
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8967
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