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The Hunger Games Maths

April 11, 2012

The 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 neon-coloured 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, sponsor-supported media event called The Hunger Games, set in a staged wilderness.

Only one tribute can survive. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from the poor coal-mining District 12 are the local tributes for that year and must play at being star-crossed 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

Probability

P

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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Hunger Games Probability

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  4. This is a wonderful idea to make probability more interesting for middle/high school students! I’m going to try and use this next week in my classroom. Thank you!

    A small notes about Question 3 – 1/28 + 1/28 = 2/28 not 2/56.


    • Hello Stacey, Thank you soooooo much for your comment. It makes me go all jiggly. Cheerio Mathspig



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