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The Monty Hall Problem - probabilities and game shows explained

The Monty Hall Problem - probabilities and game shows explained
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Key Info
  • The Monty Hall Problem - probabilities and game shows explained
  • Duration: 05:54
  • The Monty Hall problem is a famous probability puzzle which Marcus du Sautoy explores with Alan Davies. A game show contestant is invited to choose one of three doors, behind one of which is a good prize (a car) and two of which is a bad prize. The contestant is then shown what's behind one of the two remaining doors and is offered a chance to change their selection. Prof du Sautoy shows through experimental and theoretical probability that the contestant gains a distinct advantage by changing their selection - something that foxed many Mathematicians.
  • Subject:

    Maths

       Topic:

    Key Processes and Thinking

  • Keywords: chance, replacement, tree diagrams, game show, experimental, probability, creative thinking
Ideas for use in class
  • As part of a series of lessons on more advanced probability for students studying Higher GCSE, GCSE Statistics or A-Level statistics.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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