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March Math Madness: The Mathematics of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

Mark Colgan 

March 2006, Volume 11, Issue 7, Page 334

Abstract:
The mathematics involved in the NCAA basketball tournament including data analysis, basic probability, expected value, and the multiplication principle. A fun activity is presented that applies these concepts and involves students shooting Ping-Pong balls to discover a best strategy. Sample charts and questions are included, as well as extension questions.

Keywords:
Article
Expected Value
Experimental / Theoretical
Grades 6-8
Inference
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Modeling
Representation