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reSolve: Probability: Forensic Investigations

This lesson investigates real-world applications of probability. Students examine real-world case studies of probability being applied in misleading ways. They assess and explain the flaws in the mathematical methodology used. There is also an emphasis on accurate and inaccurate ways of communicating mathematical concepts to the public. The lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, discussion points, links to internet resources and student case study handouts. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry program.

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Year level(s) Year 10
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords independence, data representation, critical thinking, media influence, conditional probability, explicit teaching

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Strand and focus Probability, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Chance and probability
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMSP253 Evaluate statistical reports in the media and other places by linking claims to displays, statistics and representative data
ACMSP246 Describe the results of two- and three-step chance experiments, both with and without replacements, assign probabilities to outcomes and determine probabilities of events. Investigate the concept of independence
ACMSP247 Use the language of ‘if ....then, ‘given’, ‘of’, ‘knowing that’ to investigate conditional statements and identify common mistakes in interpreting such language
National numeracy learning progression Understanding chance - UnC5
Interpreting and representing data - IRD6

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