The Hunger Games Maths
April 11, 2012The Hunger Games is about MATHS. Here are some interesting Hunger Game statistics.
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THE PLOT:
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In Suzanne Collin’s book, The Hunger Games, 12 districts in the land of Panem are suppressed and controlled by a vicious elite, who dress like neoncoloured French courtesans.
Each year the cruel rulers select one teen of each sex between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district to become tributes, who must fight to the death in a televised, sponsorsupported media event called The Hunger Games, set in a staged wilderness.
Only one tribute can survive. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from the poor coalmining District 12 are the local tributes for that year and must play at being starcrossed lovers to gain sponsor support and survive.
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THE MATHS:
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……………………………………………….……..The Reaping…..
Tributes are selected in a process called The Reaping. The names of the, approximately, 2,000 young people in each district are placed in separate barrels for males and females and the names are drawn out of these barrels BUT…
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12 year olds …….. 1 slip
13 year olds …….. 2 slips
14 year olds …….. 3 slips
15 year olds …….. 4 slips
16 year olds …….. 5 slips
17 year olds …….. 6 slips
18 year olds …….. 7 slips
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BUT you can gain extra ‘food’ if you accept for more name slips.
Gale Hawthorne (pictured above), Katnis’ friend from District 12, has 42 slips in the barrel. What are his chances?
We will assume that there are 1,000 male teens and 1,000 female teens in each district and an equal distribution – rounded off – for each age group to 1000/7 = 143 male teens and female teens in each age group.
Age Group Male or Female 
No. Name slips 
Total No. Name Slips 
Probability of being REAPED 
ProbabilityP 
12 
1 
143 
1 : 4004 
1: 4004 
13 
2 
286 
2 : 4004 
1 : 2002 
14 
3 
429 
3 : 4004 
1 : 1335 
15 
4 
527 
4 : 4004 
1: 1001 
16 
5 
715 
5 : 4004 
1 : 801 
17 
6 
858 
6 : 4004 
1 : 667 
18 
7 
1001 
7 : 4004 
1 : 572 
total 

4004 


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