This week we planned to shift our WOW experiment outdoors.
We bought some bottle caps and threw them randomly on the floor. They landed in different positions. Some of them fell with their open sides up, some had their open sides down while a few landed on their vertical sides. We were curious, as to how many of the 2000 bottle caps would have landed in which positions of the three. But we were too lazy to count.
Can math help us here?
Yes, it did!
Out of our laziness, we choose a math's trick here. We used probability to find out the orientation of the caps. Instead of throwing 2000 caps again. We threw a single cap multiple times and noted its chances of falling in either of the three orientations.
After 25 counts we noted that 13 times the bottle caps landed with their open sides up, 7 times their open sides were facing the floor and 5 times they fell vertically on their sides. After another 75 counts, the stats were: 67 with open sides up, 23 with open sides down and 10 standing vertically.
We had tried 100 times by now. We thought of counting 100 falls more. After 200 counts, 134 caps had fallen with their open sides up, 47 with open sides down and 19 were standing vertically.
The caps which fell with their open sides up were in majority. The probability of these caps was :
134\200 = 0.67
It was easy from here. We had our magic number '0.67' now!
To find out the probability of the caps fallen with their open sides up out of the 2000 caps we simply had to multiply.
Probability of caps with open sides up = 2000 x 0.67 = 1340
Thus, most probably 1340 caps out of 2000 would have landed with their open sides up.
To verify our results we had to get over our laziness and count the 2000 bottles caps on the floor. Here's what we found :
Caps with open sides up: 1360
Caps with open sides down: 60
Caps standing vertically: 180
Can you now guess what could have been the probability if we would have thrown 600 bottle caps?
Watch the video below for understanding.
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