blossoms-the-broken-stick-experiment-triangles-random-numbers-and-probability

# Interactive video lesson plan for: BLOSSOMS - The Broken Stick Experiment: Triangles, Random Numbers, and Probability

#### Activity overview:

Visit the MIT BLOSSOMS website at http://blossoms.mit.edu/

Video Summary: This learning video is designed to develop critical thinking in students by encouraging them to work from basic principals to solve a puzzling mathematics problem that contains uncertainty. One class session of approximately 55 minutes is necessary for lesson completion. First-year simple algebra is all that is required for the lesson, and any high school student in a college-preparatory math class should be able to participate in this exercise. Materials for in-class activities include: a yard stick, a meter stick or a straight branch of a tree; a saw or equivalent to cut the stick; and a blackboard or equivalent. In this video lesson, during in-class sessions between video segments, students will learn among other things: 1) how to generate random numbers; 2) how to deal with probability; and 3) how to construct and draw portions of the X-Y plane that satisfy linear inequalities.

See the original video and more on MIT TechTV - http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/1970

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