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Grade 9 Mathematics

Investigation Dice racing


Indicator: 9.3 - Determine relative frequencies and theoretical probabilities

WHO WILL WIN THE RACE?


Student names:

Class:

Students have 2 class periods to complete the following task.


The investigation is to be carried out in pairs, and in groups of
four (Q8 only).

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PART ONE
1.

What is the probability of getting a 6 when you roll


a dice?

2. Khalfan throws a dice and gets four 6s in a row.


What is the probability of getting a 6 on his next
throw?

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3. Khalfan throws two dice and adds the numbers


together. What values can he get? What values
are impossible?

4. In your pair, play the game once and record your


results.

Number
Name

10

11

12

5. Play the game again and record your results.

Num
ber
Nam
e

10

11

12

6. Based on your data from both games, what is the


probability of:
a) Rolling a total of 4?
b) Rolling a total of 6?
c) Rolling a total of 11?


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6 )
11 )

7. If you could choose any number to have the best


chance of winning the game, which number would
you choose? Give a reason for your answer.

)() Explaining giving reasons)

8. Work with another pair and collect all your results


below (4 games altogether).

)() Organising information and data)


9. Return to working in your pair. Look at your data
in Q8. What do you notice? Is there a pattern?

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)( ) Explaining giving descriptions)

10. Based on your data in Q8, what is the probability


of:
a) Rolling a total of 4?
b) Rolling a total of 6?
c) Rolling a total of 11?

11. In Q7 you chose a number to have the best chance


of winning the game. Would you change your
choice now? Give a reason for your answer.

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4 )
6 )
11 )

)() Explaining giving reasons)

PART TWO
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12. Collect the results for the whole class below.

)( ( Organising information and data)


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13. Return to working in your pair. Look at your data


in Q12. What do you notice? Is there a pattern?

)( () Explaining giving descriptions)

14. Based on the class data, what is the probability of:


a) Rolling a total of 4?
b) Rolling a total of 6?
c) Rolling a total of 11?

15. Faisal and Khalfan are going to play this game.


Faisal chooses number 2. Khalfan chooses number
7. Who do you think is more likely to win the
game? Justify your answer.

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6 )
11 )

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)( Making informed judgements / decisions)

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: INVESTIGATIONS


Skill
Inquiring
Experimenting

Criteria
Following
Instructions

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Handling
Researching

Organising
information/
data

Understanding
Explaining

Follows almost all


instructions in the
task accurately
Organises all
information
accurately
Includes all
necessary features
Gives complete and
accurate
descriptions and
reasons for results

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Analysing

Evaluating
Reflecting

Making
informed
judgements/
decisions
Collaborating
with other
students

Follows some
instructions in the
task accurately
Organises some
information
accurately
Includes some
necessary features
Gives complete and
accurate
descriptions

Forms an opinion
that is supported
entirely by the
evidence available

Forms an opinion
that is supported
mostly by the
evidence available

Forms an opinion
that uses some
evidence

Contributes fully to
the groups work
Understands the
groups results
completely
Requires almost no
supervision or
encouragement
Tries to complete
almost all task
activities

Contributes fully to
the groups work
Understands most
of the groups
results
Requires some
supervision or
encouragement
Tries to complete
most task activities

Contributes partly
to the groups work
Understands some
of the groups
results
Requires regular
supervision or
encouragement
Tries to complete
some task activities

Working
independently
and
persevering

Follows most
instructions in the
task accurately
Organises most
information
accurately
Includes most
necessary features
Gives complete and
accurate
descriptions and
partly complete
and accurate
reasons for results

Participating
(Choose the
appropriate
criterion)

Follows few
instructions in the
task accurately
Organises little
information
accurately
Includes few
necessary features
Gives partly
complete and
accurate
descriptions
OR
Repeats
mathematical
terms for results
Forms an opinion

Contributes little to
the groups work
Understands little
of the groups
results
Requires frequent
supervision or
encouragement
Tries to complete
few task activities
OR
Seeks immediate
help

Follows no
instructions in the
task accurately
Organises no
information
accurately

Gives no accurate
descriptions

Forms no opinion

Makes no
contribution

Requires constant
supervision to
complete any task
activities

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