Ch 54: NES Middle Grades Math: Probability

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Get some practice working with various applications and aspects of probability in this chapter as you prepare for the NES Middle Grades Mathematics exam. Don't forget to take the self-assessments to help determine where your greatest review needs lie.

NES Middle Grades Math: Probability - Chapter Summary

As you dive into these lessons, you will be treated to a review of probability that won't put you to sleep. Our dedicated instructors keep things upbeat and fun in the videos, giving you an entertaining review of mathematical probability in bite-sized chunks. You'll get ready for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Mathematics exam with topics that include:

  • Calculating conditional probabilities
  • Working with dependent and independent event probabilities
  • Using the fundamental counting principle
  • Calculating permutations and permutation probabilities
  • Understanding and calculating the probability of math combinations

The videos feature great instruction that is set to fun graphics and include real-world applications to reinforce key concepts. Each video lesson is accompanied by a text transcript of the instruction, a quiz to measure understanding, and a worksheet to reinforce important information and direct you back to related content in the videos. Take the chapter exam for great test practice.

NES Middle Grades Math: Probability Objectives

The content of these lessons relate primarily to the Statistics, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics content domain of the NES Middle Grades Mathematics test. This domain includes about 25% of the test questions, which have as one of their guides objective 0011: principles of probability. The test includes 150 multiple-choice questions overall, and you are given a time limit of 4 hours, 15 minutes.

You will receive your scaled score at the end of the exam; you need to achieve a 220 or higher on the 100-300 scale to pass. Your detailed score report -- which shows how you performed in each content domain and is delivered to you and the education institution of your choice -- takes a couple of weeks to be published. You will download your score report on the NES website, which is where you'll also go to register for the test if you have not already.

7 Lessons in Chapter 54: NES Middle Grades Math: Probability
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How to Calculate Simple Conditional Probabilities

1. How to Calculate Simple Conditional Probabilities

Conditional probability, just like it sounds, is a probability that happens on the condition of a previous event occurring. To calculate conditional probabilities, we must first consider the effects of the previous event on the current event.

Probability of Independent and Dependent Events

2. Probability of Independent and Dependent Events

Sometimes probabilities need to be calculated when more than one event occurs. These types of compound events are called independent and dependent events. Through this lesson, we will look at some real-world examples of how to calculate these probabilities.

How to Use the Fundamental Counting Principle

3. How to Use the Fundamental Counting Principle

There are many situations in which you will have to make several decisions simultaneously. The fundamental counting principle will help you determine how many different possible outcomes there are when you have to make multiple simultaneous decisions.

How to Calculate a Permutation

4. How to Calculate a Permutation

A permutation is a method used to calculate the total outcomes of a situation where order is important. In this lesson, John will use permutations to help him organize the cards in his poker hand and order a pizza.

How to Calculate the Probability of Permutations

5. How to Calculate the Probability of Permutations

In this lesson, you will learn how to calculate the probability of a permutation by analyzing a real-world example in which the order of the events does matter. We'll also review what a factorial is. We will then go over some examples for practice.

Math Combinations: Formula and Example Problems

6. Math Combinations: Formula and Example Problems

Combinations are an arrangement of objects where order does not matter. In this lesson, the coach of the Wildcats basketball team uses combinations to help his team prepare for the upcoming season.

How to Calculate the Probability of Combinations

7. How to Calculate the Probability of Combinations

To calculate the probability of a combination, you will need to consider the number of favorable outcomes over the number of total outcomes. Combinations are used to calculate events where order does not matter. In this lesson, we will explore the connection between these two essential topics.

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