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Earthquakes and the Poisson Distribution

Procedure

Time: Approximately 50 minutes

Materials: Computer with Microsoft Excel, pencil, calculator, and student worksheet: EarthquakesPoisson.doc.

Prerequisites: Students should

  • have a basic understanding of the Poisson distribution.
  • be able to calculate the mean and standard deviation of a discrete distribution.
  • have basic skills in using Microsoft Excel.
  • be able to navigate the internet.

Implementation: This RWLO can be used either in the classroom as an example to demonstrate the learning objectives, as an in-class activity to test student's comprehension, or provided as a homework assignment. If students work in groups, it is recommended that each student answer the questions.

Steps:

  1. Do a brief review of the Poisson distribution from the previous lesson.
     
  2. Print and distribute the student handout EarthquakesPoisson.doc. Students should use the space provided to show their calculations and answers.