Probability in the News [F-17-48]

Presenter:Daniel Ben-Avraham
Location: SUNY Potsdam: Maxcy 104
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Fri 2:00 PM 10/06, 10/13
Status: CLOSED

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Probability enters almost every aspect of everyday life, yet few people are trained in the subject, and some of its conundrums confound even the experts! In this two-part course, we will first get acquainted with basic concepts of probability and how it can be used to inform our decisions. In the second part, we will see how real data about an extreme weather event can be presented to the public in three different ways – each putting a different emphasis on the implications for global warming – yet all of them accurate. It is ultimately up to us, the public, to understand what the data is truly saying! No math background is required.

Daniel ben-Avraham is a Clarkson Professor in the Physics Department and in the Math Department. He has been teaching Physics since 1987.

Cap: 30

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