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ERIC Number: EJ1101109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
The Lottery Is a Mathematics Powerball
Lim, Vivian; Rubel, Laurie; Shookhoff, Lauren; Sullivan, Mathew; Williams, Sarah
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v21 n9 p526-532 May 2016
The lottery has rich potential for mathematical explorations. It serves as a real-world context to explore concepts of permutations, combinations, sample space, and probability in terms of making sense of the lottery games. The lottery offers additional possibilities in terms of scaling, data analysis, and spatial analysis. Finally, by readily connecting to issues of social justice, the lottery offers opportunities to invite students to look critically at their world through the lens of mathematics. Here, the authors expand on ideas presented by Laurie Rubel, an associate professor of secondary education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and present new and innovative classroom approaches that they used in their project, Local Lotto, to explore mathematics through lottery games. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1222430