Ice Cream Prices (Intuition)
- Steve Phelps
Suppose that you have only 50 cents in your pocket and you want to buy an ice cream cone. The owner of the ice cream shop offers a random price determined as follows: You roll a pair of fair, six-sided dice, and the price is the larger number followed by the smaller number (in cents). We will approximate, and then determine, the probability that you’ll be able to afford the ice cream cone.
Explain what the word “probability” means in this context.
Make a guess for the probability that you will be able to afford the ice cream cone.
Describe how you could approximate this probability with a pair of fair, six-sided dice.