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Sampling Distributions of the Sample Mean: A Fathom Project

During this simulation activity, students generate sampling distributions of the sample mean for n = 5 and n = 50 with Fathom 2 and use these distributions to confirm the Central Limit Theorem. Students sample from a large population of randomly selected pennies. Given that the variable of interest is the age of the pennies, which has a geometric distribution, this is a particularly convincing demonstration of the Central Limit Theorem in action. This activity includes detailed instructions on how to use Fathom to generate sampling distributions. The author will provide the Fathom data file upon request.
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Alternate Title Penny Project
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Date Of Record Creation 2008-03-27 12:55:36
Date Of Record Release 2010-01-30 20:16:42
Date Last Modified 2010-01-30 20:16:42
Statistical Topic
Typical Learning Time Homework assignment; time to complete will vary
Author Name Laura Schultz
Author Organization Rowan University
Technical Requirements Fathom 2 software
Source Code Available 1
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Math Level

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