Devious Dice

Display of the devious dice exhibit

Explore the random nature of a single dice roll, and the predictable nature of many dice rolls.

How it Works

Roll the dice and place tokens in the columns based on the outcome of the roll.

Things to Try or Ask Around the Exhibit

  • What shape do the columns of tokens form?
  • What does this tell you about the likelihood of certain results?
  • How does it change if you roll different numbers of dice?

Background

The distributions of tokens these dice rolls produce, including the common 'normal distribution,' are found in many natural processes.

Finding the Science in Your World

Understanding the expected distribution of a set of data can help detect external influences on a system, and even detect fraud.