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COVID-19: A Teachable Moment

At a time when nothing good can be said about COVID-19, Sara Brown, Patrick Hopfensperger, and Henry Kranendonk—authors of Focus on Statistics: Investigations for the Integration of Statistics into Grades 9–12 Mathematics Classrooms—have made available for free an investigation that can at least help students understand how the virus spreads. Investigation 12: Chances of Getting the Flu? develops a probability distribution through the design and use of a simulation involving the spread of flu in an apartment building. It follows the four components of statistical problem-solving put forth in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: formulate a statistical question; design and implement a plan to collect data; analyze the data by measures and graphs; and interpret the results in the context of the original question.

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