Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Kady Schneiter

Second Advisor

D. Richard Cutler

Third Advisor

James Cangelosi

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to develop and examine a computerized interactive probability applet designed to teach basic concepts of probability. The applet design was intended to be a user-friendly way to encourage understanding of basic probability concepts such as, rules of probability, probabilities of mutually exclusive events, and the multiplication rule. Thirty participants were recruited from Utah State University and were asked to participate in the evaluation process of the probability applet. The evaluation of the probability applet consisted of three parts: First, a group of participants were video recorded and asked to voice any and all thoughts while playing the probability game, second, another group was asked to work through a pretest before playing the probability game and then answered bonus questions throughout the applet and third, a separate group filled out a questionnaire focused towards assessing the ease of use.

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