When will we ever use this?
Probabilistic Models of Complex Decisions for High School Mathematics
Professional Development Workshop – 3 days
Probabilistic models are critical for improving decision making in the uncertain environment
faced by businesses, government, and each of us on a personal level. This workshop provides a
wide array of contexts that involve the development and interpretation of probabilistic decision
models. Probabilistic reasoning is emphasized and technology is employed to represent
randomness. Participants will learn to use probabilistic models to assess risk and explore options.
The curriculum is applications-based and problem-driven. These include applications from
medical testing, investment, scheduling, the hospitality industry, health care management, sports,
personal life, and emergency services. We say that it is problem-driven because the problems are
stated up front and drive the development of the mathematical ideas. In this way, we hope to
improve students’ ability to solve multi-step problems and interpret the results. Through this
approach, we demonstrate the broad applicability of mathematics. This obviates a common
student question and complaint: When will we ever use this stuff?
The workshop materials are currently in use in high schools in Michigan, North Carolina,
Georgia, California, New York and Indiana.
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