Cartoon starter for conditional probability

There are some jokes that only true mathematicians get. My personal favourite is “why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip?” Answer: “to get to the same side”!!! I tell this to all my top set classes and love it when you see about a third of the class get it, another third pretend to get it because the peer pressure to laugh with the first third takes over and the final third who sit there frowning or shrugging their shoulders… Great fun!

How about using this cartoon starter as an interesting lead in to a lesson on conditional probability…

Image from http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/conditional_risk.png

Think of the discussions you could have about this cartoon! All the ‘it wouldn’t ever happen to me’ misconceptions you could dispel!

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  1. 11/08/2011

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