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Do You Wanna Bet?

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Two boys find that the most ordinary events and activities such as card games, coin flips, sports scores and statistics, and even weather prediction are dependent on the subtle interplay of many factors of chance and probability.

Two boys find that the most ordinary events and activities such as card games, coin flips, sports scores and statistics, and even weather prediction are dependent on the subtle interplay of many factors of...

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Overview

Two boys find that the most ordinary events and activities such as card games, coin flips, sports scores and statistics, and even weather prediction are dependent on the subtle interplay of many factors of chance and probability.

Two boys find that the most ordinary events and activities such as card games, coin flips, sports scores and statistics, and even weather prediction are dependent on the subtle interplay of many factors of chance and probability.

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"A lively introduction that may hook a budding physicist on the endless fascination of the vagaries of numbers."
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- An informative, easy-to-read explanation of a complex concept. Each chapter is introduced with a brief story about friends Brian and Danny and their encounters with probability. It is then followed by an explanation of the concept introduced and suggested related activities. Humorous pencil illustrations enhance and lighten the presentation. This is not a book students will pick up on their own, but it will be great for teacher-directed activities as it reduces the subject of probability to a level that most upper-elementary students can understand. --Kenneth E. Kowen, Atascocita Middle School Library, Humble, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606860120
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.
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Table of Contents


Do You Wanna Bet?     1
One Out of Two     3
Heads or Tails?     3
Which Hand?     7
Girl or Boy?     9
Forecasting     13
Will It Snow Tomorrow?     13
Are You Sure? Is It Impossible? Maybe!     16
ABC's of Probability     25
The Mysterious Message     25
Making and Breaking Codes     31
Birthday Party     37
Same Birthday     37
Door Prize     41
How Many Red? Brown? Yellow?     43
Sampling and Statistics     51
Left Hand or Right?     51
Baseball Statistics and Strategy     54
PTA Carnival     61
Take a Chance! Win a TV Set!     61
Lucky Wheel     64
Guessing the Colors     69
Winners and Losers     75
Playing Cards     75
Roll of the Dice     81
Last Chance     87
What Shall We Name the Baby?     87
Place Your Bets!     90
Bibliography     97
Index     101
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