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This is a worksheet students can use to follow along with the NOVA video, "Trillion Dollar Bet." Teachers will have to obtain the video from a different vendor, as it is not included here. The worksheet consists of 20 questions, and they are in chronological order. As long as students are paying attention, they should be able to get most, if not all, of the questions right.
This worksheet was tailored to the NOVA (PBS) version, which is the American version. The BBC also aired a version, which is readily available on you-tube. For the most part, this worksheet will work for the BBC version, though it is specifically meant for the American version.
The video "Trillion Dollar Bet" is about the mathematical models used by economists Fisher Black and Myron Scholes to price options in the financial markets. The Black-Scholes equation was a mathematical and economic breakthrough, and it is still used by traders today. While the mathematics modeled in this video is complex, the video does not get bogged down by the specifics on how the equation was derived. Instead, viewers get a general sense of how mathematical models are actually used to solve real, complex problems. While the models ultimately did not work 100% of the time (resulting in a disastrous bailout), it is still clear by watching the video just how important a role mathematics played in improving the financial world.