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Dice duels: go-kart race

TLF ID L2634

Race go-karts along a track. Try to pick a winner before the races start. Roll a dice to determine which go-kart moves. Explore how many rolls are needed to complete a race. Work out the least and most rolls possible for two courses. Look at larger samples of race results. Compare the shape of theoretical data distributions with experimental results. This learning object is one in a series of 11 objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
• Students collect and handle data about random events to test conjectures about statistical variation.
• Students interpret frequency graphs to compare experimental results with theoretical probabilities.
• Students compare the shape of theoretical and experimentally derived data distributions.
• Students relate the shape of data distributions to statements about sample variation and sample size.
Educational value
• Provides scenarios for students to use dice as a means to explore relationships between sample size, random variation and statistical distributions.
• Demonstrates that conclusions based on small sample sizes can be incorrect due to random variation.
• Includes scenarios involving a range of even distributions.
• Automatically collates experimental results and displays them as frequency graphs.
Year level

6

Learning area
• mathematics
Strand
• Mathematics/Statistics and probability
Concept
• Mathematics/Probability
• Mathematics/Investigation
• Mathematics/Random events
• Mathematics/Sampling
• Mathematics/Statistics
• Mathematics/Data interpretation
• Mathematics/Conjectures
• Mathematics/Graphs
• Mathematics/Experiments
Skill
• Analysis;
• Application;
• Comprehension;
• Knowledge
Student activity
• Interactives;
• Experiment;
• Estimation;
• Analysis;
• Modelling
Learning design
• Experiential learning;
• Independent learning;
• Problem solving;
• Visual learning

Other details

Contributors
• Technical implementer
• Script writer
• Name: Erica Dale
• Organisation: Tungaroo Software
• Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
• Subject matter expert
• Name: Howard Reeves
• Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7095 Australia
• Educational validator
• Name: Graham Jones
• Publisher
• Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
• Organisation: Education Services Australia
• Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
• URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
Access profile
• Colour independence
• Device independence
• Hearing independence
Learning resource type
• Interactive Resource
Browsers
• Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
• Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
• Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
• MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
• MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Rights
• © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.