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These are the Transum resources related to the statement: "Understand and use simple, discrete probability distributions (calculation of mean and variance of discrete random variables is excluded), including the binomial distribution, as a model; calculate probabilities using the binomial distribution".

Here are some specific activities, investigations or visual aids we have picked out. Click anywhere in the grey area to access the resource.

- Pascal's Triangle Get to know this famous number pattern with some revealing learning activities
- Plinko Probability A simulation of a Quincunx (Galton Board) which can be used to create the bell shaped curve of the normal distribution.

Here are some exam-style questions on this statement:

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*Mr Willis goes to school (he's a Maths teacher) five times each week during term time. On any given day, the probability that he goes on an orange bus is \( \frac13 \).*" ... more - "
*A small digital storage manufacturer makes novelty USB drives which are given away at conferences. The probability that a drive is defective is 0.03. The factory tests a random sample of 200 drives.*" ... more - "
*The probability of winning a gold coin in a game of chance is 0.6. The game is played six times. Find the probability of winning:*" ... more - "
*A famous pole vaulter finds that she is successful on 85% of her attempts at clearing five metres. Her Wikipedia entry confirms that her success rate is 85%.*" ... more - "
*Bostock and Chandler play one game of Ultimate Noughts and Crosses online each day they are in quarantine.*" ... more - "
*At the south end of Playfair Amusement park are two games of chance, Beat The Goalie and Basketball Bounce.*" ... more - "
*The length of Costlow's bâtard bread loaves in centimetres is normally distributed with mean \( \mu \). The following table shows probabilities for values of \(L\).*" ... more

Click on a topic below for suggested lesson Starters, resources and activities from Transum.

If you use the TI-Nspire calculator you can find instructions for performing binomial distribution calculations on the GDC Essentials page.

Additional note: The so-called "Pascalâ€™s triangle" was known to the Chinese mathematician Yang Hui much earlier than Pascal.

This Bicen Maths video clip shows everything you need to memorise on this topic for A Level Statistics.

If you use a TI-Nspire GDC there are instructions useful for this topic.

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