How Many People Will Notice A Slightly Rigged Game Of Chance?
Difficulty of Project
Easy, provided you have knowledge of probabilities and statistics.
Make sure that you get permission before setting up your project in a public place!
Easily available from your garage or the internet.
Approximate Time Required to Complete the Project
A few days
- To determine whether most people will notice that a game of chance is very slightly rigged.
- To establish how much a population is aware of probabilities.
Materials and Equipment / Ingredients
- A game of chance (of your choosing)
- A rigged game of chance
Many people appear to love gambling and many people play the lottery. Are these people aware that the odds are stacked against them? Does this even matter to them? Would there be a noticeable difference between the number of people who were willing to play a fair game of chance, and the number of people who were willing to play a slightly rigged game of chance?
- Are people generally aware of probabilities?
- What is the probability of winning most casino games?
- What is the most popular casino game? What is the probability of winning at that game?
Terms, Concepts and Questions to Start Background Research
- An understanding of basic concepts of probability is essential
- An understanding of statistics would also be useful
- Create two games of chance of your own devising.
a. One game should be rigged in your favor.
b. One game should be exactly even.
- Discuss this project with the owner of a public place. Get permission to set up the experiment in a visible area with lots of foot traffic.
- Set up one game on one day, and the other game on a different day. Have a friend run the game while you keep track of how many people play and how many people watch.
a. What sorts of people play?
b. Do they seem to know that the game is rigged/not rigged?
c. Ask the people who have played the game whether they felt it was fair. Ask them whether they believed it was fair before they began playing.
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