## SOCR Featured in Science
Magazine

**Volume 302, Number 5651, Issue of 5 December 2003**

### EDUCATION: Statistics Starter Kit

Teachers seeking
demonstrations or online experiments for
a college probability or statistics class should check out this
collection
of Java applets designed by statistician Ivo Dinov of the University of
California,
Los Angeles. One set of simulations lets students explore important
distributions
such as the chi-square, Poisson, and binomial, which describes coin
flipping
and other events that have two possible outcomes.
Students can see how
modifying
parameters affects the mean, median, variance, and other measures.

Another section runs more than 50
probability-related experiments. For instance,
students can take a crack at the best guessing strategy for the Monty
Hall
problem, named for the host of the game show *Let's Make a Deal*.
Contestants on the show had to guess which of three doors concealed a
fabulous
prize and avoid the doors that hid a goat. You'll also find online
calculators,
graphing and data analysis tools, a curve-fitting feature, and other
applets.