UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

1/13/2013 -- Junior Circle: Fractions and Probability I (Oleg Gleizer)

We will begin this quarter with a few classes on probability theory. The probability of an event is a number in between zero and one, ends included, so the working knowledge of fractions is a necessity. We will give the students a 15-min-long diagnostic quiz at the beginning of the first class to estimate how good they are with fractions. The degree of their success will tell us how to split the class time between learning fractions and using them to compute probabilities. Since the results of the quiz will only be available after the first class, we will study fractions till the end of the first hour. We will begin learning the probability theory during the second half of the class.