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Buying Cereal for Prizes

Each box of Toasty Puffs cereal contains one of five different prizes. If there is an equal chance of obtaining each prize, then how many boxes of cereal would you need to purchase in order to collect all of the prizes? Design a simulation that will approximate this result. Explain your experimental design and results.

 Related External Resources

Dice Toss: A The Cereal Box Problem [java applet]
This online simulation and lesson allows you to go on a simulated shopping trip and collect animal cards in boxes of cereal. You have the option to modify the number of possible prizes available and log your different trials.

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