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ERIC Number: EJ940204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Come on Down ... The Prize Is Right in Your Classroom
Butterworth, William T.; Coe, Paul R.
PRIMUS, v14 n1 p12-28 2004
"The Price is Right" ("TPIR") is a rich source of examples of applied probability, combinatorics, and game theory. While some of the games played on stage by individual contestants stress a knowledge of pricing, many are also heavily based on probability. "TPIR" stage games are a treasury of interesting modules that can be effective learning tools in a wide range of classrooms, from Liberal Arts and Mathematics Education classes to Discrete Mathematics and Upper-level Probability classes. We will show how students explore important mathematics and improve their problem-solving skills by analyzing some of these games. Because these examples are drawn from a familiar source, they provide special motivation for study, and often reduce math anxiety. After a general discussion of how these games can be adapted for classroom use, we will explore two different pricing games, "PLINKO" and "Money Game," each of which has its own mathematical and pedagogical value. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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