DISCUSSING MATHEMATICAL MODELING CONCERNING PASCAL'S WAGER

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

MENON ©online Journal Of Educational Research, 2nd Thematic Issue, University of Western Macedonia - Faculty of Education, Florina, Greece, p.17 (2016)

Keywords:

decision theory, mathematical modeling, Pascal's wager, probability theory, prospective elementary school teachers

Abstract:

We present and analyze teaching work on Pascal's wager realized with Greek students, prospective elementary school teachers, in the context of a probability and statistics course. In this paper we focus on classroom discussion concerning mathematical modeling activities, connecting elements of probability theory and decision theory with elements of philosophical discussions. On the one hand, this link enriched students' scientific culture, and on the other hand, it allowed for deepening the classroom discussion on Pascal's wager.

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