id: 06664506
dt: j
an: 2016f.01267
au: Hassani, Mehdi; Kippen, Rebecca; Mills, Terence
ti: Probability: a matter of life and death.
so: Aust. Sr. Math. J. 30, No. 1, 18-24 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), Adelaide, SA
la: EN
cc: K50 M60 M70
ut: probability; mathematical concepts; mortality rate
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ab: Summary: Life tables are mathematical tables that document probabilities of
dying and life expectancies at different ages in a society. Thus, the
life table contains some essential features of the health of a
population. Probability is often regarded as a difficult branch of
mathematics. Life tables provide an interesting approach to introducing
concepts in probability. Concepts such as complementary events and
conditional probability become easy to understand when presented in the
context of a life table. Furthermore, in the authorsâ€™ experience,
they can generate useful class discussion as students begin to link the
mathematics to life, and death, in society. This article presents 12
problems that illustrate how life tables can be used to explain ideas
in probability theory, followed by detailed solutions and comments.
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