A picture of the spreadsheet model used in this step
We can use a simple spreadsheet to simulate data.

A spreadsheet model

We can also use a spreadsheet to simulate experimental data.

Download the provided spreadsheet, ‘Simulation 1’. This has been set up to provide a simulation of the experiment that you have just carried out using a spinner.

Make sure that you can use the spreadsheet to generate a set of simulated experimental data.

The spreadsheet is provided in Microsoft Excel format, but can also be opened in other compatible packages (including Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet).

  • To generate a new set of data, force the spreadsheet to recalculate by pressing the function key F9.
  • This will not work in Apple Numbers. The easiest way to recalculate a Numbers spreadsheet is to format an empty cell as a check box. Checking or unchecking the checkbox will recalculate the sheet.

Can you see how the model works? Would you be able to adapt it for other activities?

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Teaching Probability

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