February 25, 2017

Homework Help: Math

Posted by Daniel on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 9:37pm.

My question:
A spinner looks like this: A disc divided into sections that might or might not be the same size, with a pointer that when spun will land on some part of the disc at random. The sections might be colours, or, as in these problems, have numbers in them.

There are two problems, not associated with each other. The first is to help you get the idea. The second is more challenging. You will be given a series of six clues for each problem that should enable you to draw the spinners.
Problem 3a:

The four numbers on the spinner are equally likely. They are also all different.

The smallest sum you can get in two spins of this spinner is 2; the largest is 14.

It is impossible to get an odd number if you spin this spinner twice and add the results.

If you spin this spinner twice, and add the two numbers, you are just as likely to get 10 as 6.

The most likely sum of two spins of this spinner is eight.

It is impossible to get an even number on this spinner if you spin three times and add.

Problem 3b:

The spinner has three sections. While no two are the same size, one of the sections is half the size of another.

You are more likely to get 2/3 than one if you sum two spins, but 5/6 is the most likely sum of all.

The sum of the three numbers on the spinner is one.

The largest number you can get in two spins of this spinner is one.

If you spin the spinner twice and add, you get a sum of one about a quarter of the time.

If you spun the spinner a hundred times and added up all the numbers, you'd probably get somewhere near 40.


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