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 ci: li: 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. (ERIC) rv: