This applet, designed by Erin Mulder, allows students to conduct multiple simulations and collect data on a larger sample. Students may run 20-30 trials more quickly than the dice toss. The applet is probably best used following the class data collection simulation with 6-sided dice.
In this simulation, students will need to collect data on the total number of boxes bought to get all 6 toys so they must decide how best to record that data. The class must also decide on a method of recording the class data (e.g. adding to the class line plot using a different color marker would facilitate comparison of the results). Discussion should center around how well the small class sampling results matched the larger computer-generated results.
Directions for Cereal Applet:
- Once the Applet is loaded, click on "Next Box" to buy a box of cereal.
- A box of Cheerios and a toy will be added to the screen.
- Click "Next Box" again to buy another box of cereal and get a free toy.
- Keep clicking "Next Box" until you get all six toys.
- The applet will stop at this point and tell you how many boxes you had to buy to get all six toys.
- Students can then see how many of each toy they got.
- When students have recorded this information for the trial, they click on "Reset" to begin a new trial.
- Students should add these computer simulations to the class data for discussion.