Students Learn Probability Theory with Cornhole

At first glance, it looked like Laura Kirschenbaum’s Probability Theory class was simply enjoying a field day as they played cornhole on the Class of 2020 Quad.  The students were actually compiling data to create cornhole trading cards — complete with a full array of statistics on the back to impress any potential scouts!

For the project, the students were told that they had been recruited to compete on the MBS Crimson Cornhole Team and they needed to create a personal trading card to give to the scouts. Using their knowledge of experimental probabilities as well as theoretical probabilities, the students were tasked with creating probability models and expected values for total points in a single game, toss breakdown for a single game, and the amount of money earned per game set.

Finally, using the online graphic design tool Canva, the students designed their trading cards with their photo on the front and statistics and a motivational quote on the back.


 

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