Probability & Games of Chance

This seminar is the first in a series that examines the fairness of certain games, providing opportunities to predict results (theoretical probability), play the games, and calculate probabilities (experimental probability). Students define probability and explore the correspondence between Fermat and Pascal in 1654, gaining insight into the origins of probability as a field of study in mathematics. On a broader level, the seminar seeks to help students see that probability is at work in many situations outside the classroom setting.

Faculty: Michael Pattison - Math 8

Dates Offered

January 18, 2019
March 8, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • At home: Consider these math games for your next family game night.

  • Movie night: “Who knew statistics could be this cinematically engrossing?” says Common Sense Media about the baseball film Moneyball. Rated PG-13.

  • Documentary: This PBS NOVA production Prediction by the Numbers explores stories about statistics in action.

Why Study Probability?

People make choices every day based on the chance that certain events might occur. Informally, people use past experiences and other people’s opinions to help make decisions. This seminar helps students understand that probability is a mathematical measure used to make predictions about future events.