Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass exploring the mathematical probability of winning the national lottery.
In this Masterclass, students answer the big question ‘Is it worth playing the lottery?’ by exploring combinations, Pascal’s Triangle, probability and randomness.
Many people have played the lottery many times, and sometimes they do win. But is it worth it? What is the probability that you will actually win, and win enough money to cover the cost of playing? In this Masterclass, we go on an engaging journey into the mathematical world of probability to answer this question.
Using simple suppositions and engaging tools such as Pascal's Triangle, we can answer the conundrum of whether it's actually worth playing the lottery!
Length: 2 hours (see the session leader notes for ideas on how to shorten the Masterclass).
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