Task# Waiting Times

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

As the standards in statistics and probability unfold, students will not yet know the rules of probability for compound events. Thus, simulation is used to find an approximate answer to these questions. In fact, part b would be a challenge to students who do know the rules of probability, further illustrating the power of simulation to provide relatively easy approximate answers to wide-ranging problems. Modeling with simulation follows four steps: state assumptions about how the real process works; describe a model that generates similar random outcomes; run the model over many repetitions and record the relevant results; write a conclusion that reflects the fact that the simulation is an approximation to the theory.