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Plinko Probability – PHET Simulations

Plinko Probability – PHET Simulations





Topics

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Histograms

Description

Drop balls through a triangular grid of pegs and see them accumulate in containers. Switch to a histogram view and compare the distribution of balls to an ideal binomial distribution. Adjust the binary probability and develop your knowledge of statistics!

Sample Learning Goals

  • Predict the bin where a single ball might fall
  • Repeat trials of 100 balls and compare the outcomes
  • Count the number of balls in a bin and relate that to the probability of falling in that bin
  • Compare and interpret empirical and theoretical statistics
  • Apply the plinko simulation as a model to other scenarios where there are weighted statistics

Standards Alignment

Common Core – Math

6.SP.A.2 6.SP.B.4 6.SP.B.5c 7.SP.C.5 7.SP.C.6 HSS-IC.A.2 HSS-ID.A.1 HSS-ID.A.2
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