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Building probability models in a differential equations course


Watson, JM, Building probability models in a differential equations course, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 22, (4) pp. 507-517. ISSN 0020-739X (1991) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1991 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1080/0020739910220402


An application is considered of elementary differential equations rarely, if ever, used in first courses on the subject. The application is to the derivation of the exponential and Poisson probability distributions. The relationship of continuous and discrete probability models is discussed, and how Poisson model is seen to provide an excellent example of how modelling can move between the two. The development is placed in the context of current trends in modelling in mathematics education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:building probability models, differential equations course
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:137686
Year Published:1991
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2020-02-27
Last Modified:2020-05-22

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