Chapters 7-8: Who Likes Who?



The modern study of probability began in seventeenth century France, when a French nobleman consulted the famous mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) for advice on gambling! The Chevalier de Méré liked two different games that were popular in European casinos at the time, and he wanted Pascal to find a way to improve his chances of winning. Pascal collaborated with another famous French mathematician, Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665), in a series of letters that established many of the probability rules we still use today.
Pierre de Fermat Blaise Pascal
Mr. Brannan shows Lennie and Gil how to find the probabilities and the expected value for rolling a single die. Can you find the probabilities and the expected value for rolling two dice?



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