ERIC Number: ED213575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Simple Introduction to Simulation, Parts I and II.
Watson, F. R.
This collection of documents promotes simulation as an attractive topic in mathematics instruction that provides game-like activities likely to interest pupils, by illustrating the important ideas of probability and showing how mathematical models can be used in practical problems clearly relevant to everyday life. While computer programs written in BASIC are provided, it is recommended that pupils should perform pencil-and-paper simulations in the early stages in order to fully grasp how they work. Part I of the teaching guide has the following chapters: (1) Introductory Examples; (2) Simulation Using Dice, Coins, and Random Digits; (3) Examples of Simulation; (4) Pupil Material: Suggested Worksheets for Younger Pupils; and (5) Computer Simulation. Part II contains: (6) Program Listings, (7) Theoretical Calculations for Some of the Problems, and (8) Markov Chain Processes. The second part also contains four appendices. (MP)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Discovery Learning, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Probability, Problem Solving, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Simulation, Teaching Guides
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Authoring Institution: Keele Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.