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Dice Lab: Instructor's Guide

Main Ideas

Students' Task

Estimated Time: 25 minutes

Prerequisite Knowledge

Previous experience with calculating probability would be ideal, although not strictly necessary.


  • Computers with Excel
  • A handout for each student
  • Die for each group of students

Activity: Introduction

Activity: Student Conversations

Activity: Wrap-up


This activity is the first part of SPINS Lab 1. It is designed to follow Probabilities in the z-direction for a Spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ System and Probabilities for Different Spin-$\frac{1}{2}$ Stern Gerlach Analyzers.

The full lab is designed to be completed in a two hour lab block, while these individual activities are designed to be integrated into a normal lecture. We prefer to use the integrated activities, rather than the lab, but both are effective methods.

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