Basic Concepts of Counting and Probability
This course is designed to help children retain and enhance the math learning that went on all year until school closed. It is an opportunity for them to work with a creative, flexible, and gentle teacher who has countless methods for engaging young minds to grasp and retain mathematical concepts.
Probability sounds more daunting than it actually is. In fact, when applied to games of chance, sports, and other leisure activities, it turns out to be fun to work through many of the problems that students will encounter in this course.
As a branch of mathematics, probability had its origins in work that Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat did in collaboration in the seventeenth century to answer a question from an aristocrat about gambling. Part of the fun of this course will be reading about those origins and seeing the basic problems that these two men set out to answer. Also covered will be permutations, combinations, Pascal’s triangle, geometric probability, basic combinatorial identities, and the Binomial Theorem.
This course is set for the appropriate level of difficulty for children who are in the seventh grade.
Live Classes: Mondays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from March 23rd to May 18th
Student Support: The instructor is available via email.