
06618954
j
2016e.00924
Ruggieri, Eric
Visualizing the central limit theorem through simulation.
PRIMUS, Probl. Resour. Issues Math. Undergrad. Stud. 26, No. 3, 229240 (2016).
2016
Taylor \& Francis, Philadelphia, PA
EN
K95
K45
K75
U75
active learning
classroom demonstration
computer simulations
statistics
central limit theorem
doi:10.1080/10511970.2015.1094684
Summary: The Central Limit Theorem is one of the most important concepts taught in an introductory statistics course, however, it may be the least understood by students. Sure, students can plug numbers into a formula and solve problems, but conceptually, do they really understand what the Central Limit Theorem is saying? This paper describes a simulation developed to help illustrate the Central Limit Theorem. Students use the computer mouse to hand draw a population of arbitrary shape and then watch as the sampling distribution grows with each sample selected. A simple assessment tool is also given to check students' understanding of this crucial concept.