In this activity students find the theoretical probabilities of winning a coin toss and a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors. They are given articles to read that discuss strategies for winning these games and then asked to devise their own strategy. Cooperative learning is used. A homework assignment is included along with a follow-up the following class where students compare the theoretical probabilities they found with the experimental probabilities. Video clips from The Simpsons, Seinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory are included to pique student interest.
Updated: This activity now includes a link to a video that goes over how it works.