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The foul food maker: questions 1

TLF ID L212

Use a vending machine to get an awful meal such as fly soup, worm pasta or yucky duck. The machine serves a meal randomly from four slots. Work out the likelihood of getting each type of meal. Then choose a matching probability word: impossible, unlikely, equal, likely or certain. Run simple probability experiments. Compare actual results with theoretical probability. Look at data tables that describe probability using fractions, decimals and percentages.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students match probability situations with everyday chance words.
  • Students explore the tension between theoretical probability and randomness.
  • Students explore variations in samples and compare these with the theoretical result.
Educational value
  • Poses a series of questions (using the language of chance) about theoretical outcomes, inviting student response.
  • Provides immediate feedback in response to student answers.
  • Enables students to compare theoretical and experimental probability via tables and graphs.
  • Provides the opportunity for students to conduct and record results of repeated trials of 100 outcomes.
  • Links the frequency of experimental outcomes with the associated fractional, decimal and percentage probability values.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to print theoretical and experimental probability tables.
Year level

6

Learning area
  • mathematics
Strand
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
    Concept
    • Mathematics/Estimating (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics/Percentages
    • Mathematics/Mathematical language
    • Mathematics/Odds
    • Mathematics/Probability
    • Mathematics/Impossible outcomes
    • Mathematics/Likelihood
    • Mathematics/Equivalence
    • Mathematics/Estimation
    • Mathematics/Fractions
    • Mathematics/Experiments
    • Mathematics/Decimal system
    • Mathematics/Certain outcomes
    • Mathematics/Random events
    • Mathematics/Theoretical probabilities
    • Mathematics/Sampling
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2016-09-28
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
    • URL: www.esa.edu.au/
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2016-09-28
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: www.esa.edu.au
    Metadata contributors
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    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
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    • Safari - minimum version: 7.0 (MacOS) - maximum version: 7.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: 7 - maximum version: 10
    • macos - minimum version: v7.1 - maximum version: OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. This material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/au/.