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Abstract

You're playing Monopoly with a friend, and you've already got Park Place and you really, really want to get Boardwalk. If you're on Pacific Avenue, what are the chances you'll reach your goal? Here's an easy project that will show you how to find out.

Summary

Areas of Science
Difficulty
 
Time Required
Average (6-10 days)
Material Availability
Readily available
Cost
Very Low (under $20)
Safety
No issues
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Objective

The purpose of this project is to test the probabilities of rolling certain combinations of dice in roll-playing games. Are you more likely to roll a sum of at least 18 with 3 ten-sided dice or 5 six-sided dice?

Terms and Concepts

In order to properly do this experiment, you will need to understand the basics of probability theory.

Bibliography

This site specifically talks about applying probability theory to rolling dice:
http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/56498.html

Materials and Equipment

Experimental Procedure

Procedures:
  • Roll each combination of dice 100 times.
  • Record the results of each roll.
  • Determine the probability of getting a sum higher than 18 for each combination of dice when rolling each combination 100 times.
  • Which combination has a higher probability and was this true when you rolled them?
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Variations

Test the probabilities of getting 21 using a deck of cards.

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Science Buddies Staff. "Dice Probabilities." Science Buddies, 20 Nov. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Math_p001/pure-mathematics/dice-probabilities. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

APA Style

Science Buddies Staff. (2020, November 20). Dice Probabilities. Retrieved from https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Math_p001/pure-mathematics/dice-probabilities


Last edit date: 2020-11-20
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