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### Special topics for introductory probability

One example of elementary probability is the so-called Birthday problem which asks for the probability that in a room of $n$ people two will share the same birthday. Sometimes formulated as a paradox ...
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### Special topics for introductory probability

[Additional to previous answer--can't edit, sorry.] dt688: I would be very wary about being too difficult or particular, when teaching in a corporate environment. I.e. if GMers are your target ...

### Special topics for introductory probability

I would look ar some of the basic six sigma literature and at doe. It is connected to all kinds of factory snd other process improvement. Very clear business connection. I would eschew the Bayesian ...

### Special topics for introductory probability

Bertrand's Paradox is an old saw. The point is that trying to randomize an experiment is tricky since there can be different points of view.

### Special topics for introductory probability

I would suggest geometric probability and applications in stereometry!
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### Special topics for introductory probability

A classic application of Bayes' Theorem is in medical testing, and the difference/conversion between "what is the probability I test positive, given I have the condition" vs. "what is ...

### Special topics for introductory probability

You might already be aware of this one, given how famous it is, but the first thing that comes to my mind is the Monty Hall Problem. It doesn't require any fancy mathematical machinery, just a basic ...

### How to justify teaching students to rationalize denominators?

When we work with numbers of the form $a+b\sqrt{2}$ (with $a$ and $b$ rational), it is useful to rationalize. For example, to determine that the set of numbers of that form is closed under division. ...

### Is there a standard convention for interpreting ambiguous absolute value expressions?

I don't know about standards, but I read these things using a left to right, greedy algorithm. More specifically, the bars are like parentheses but you don't automatically know if they are opening or ...
If I want to have nested absolute-value expressions, I would use different sizes $$\big|x + 2|x + 3|x + 4\big|,$$ with variations possible $$\bigg|x + 2|x + 3|x + 4\bigg|.$$