Folding Sculptures: A Focus on Surface Area and Scale Drawings

Middle School Math

Probability and Tree Diagrams

photo of young female triplets

Carol is one of three female triplets. Carol believes it is unlikely that a mother of triplets would have three girls. She feels that it would be more likely for a mother to have different genders, like two girls and a boy or two boys and a girl, rather than having all three babies be the same gender. After surveying several mothers, she begins to wonder what the theoretical probability is of having three females in one birth. She makes a tree diagram to answer this question. A tree diagram shows all the possible outcomes in a probability situation.

Theoretical probability: the probability that a certain outcome will occur

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