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Math 028b
Coins, Dice and Cards
In this course, we will be learning about probability.
Certain games are very useful in demonstrating
the concepts involved in probability and are commonly used in any introductory course.
It is usually
assumed that students are familiar with the concepts of “flipping a coin”, “tossing dice” and “drawing
a card from a deck”.
This is not always the case, though, so the following is intended as a primer, or
refresher course, for those who are not entirely familiar with these gaming devices.
Coins:
A coin (e.g. a quarter or loonie, etc.) has 2 sides.
There is generally one side with a person or a
person’s head.
For instance, all Canadian coins have the Queen’s head on one side.
This side is
called the “heads” side.
There is generally some other picture on the other side (e.g. a caribou, a loon
or a polar bear).
This other side, no matter what picture is on it, is referred to as the “tails” side.
Flipping, or tossing, a coin involves tossing it in the air and letting it land.
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course MATHEMATIC 1228 taught by Professor Andreyminchenko during the Winter '11 term at UWO.
 Winter '11
 AndreyMinchenko
 Math, Probability

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