Aflaki, James
October 2009
Allied Academies International Conference: Proceedings of the Ac;Oct2009, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p1
Conference Proceeding
Educators are continuously facing the challenge of enhancing their skills and teaching methodologies to accommodate students who lack the mathematical knowledge and background necessary in the courses that they teach. Although the level of this challenge may be different in different courses within a discipline, but it exists and it needs to be addressed. This paper is focused on developing a computer program which allows students to select the type of the discrete probability distribution, i.e. binomial, Poisson, or hypergeometric, and provide the necessary input values for the selected scenario and it calculates the probability of the occurrence of the event, and other relevant statistical values. Visual Basic programming language was used to develop this program. The user interface is very simple and intuitive and it can be installed very easily on any Windows based personal or laptop computers. This program was used in teaching statistics to business majors and it can be used in other classes that encounter these types of problems. The preliminarily results and comments from students who have used this tool have been very positive and encouraging.


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