# Guess the Last Ball: An Exercise in Mathematical ModelingEnglish

Mathematics

### Topic Cluster

Mathematical Induction

### CPALMS

This lesson is CPALMS Vetted and Approved

### Instructors

Fakhar Lohdi
Professor
National University of Computer and Emerging Technologies (NUCES)
Lahore, Pakistan

## Introduction

This video lesson uses the technique of induction to show students how to analyze a seemingly random occurrence in order to understand it through the development of a mathematical model. Using the medium of a simple game, Dr. Lodhi demonstrates how students can first apply the ‘rules’ to small examples of the game and then, through careful observation, can begin to see the emergence of a possible pattern. Students will learn that they can move from observing a pattern to proving that their observation is correct by the development of a mathematical model. Dr. Lodhi provides a second game for students in the Teacher Guide downloadable on this page. There are no prerequisites for this lesson and needed materials include only a blackboard and objects of two different varieties - such as plain and striped balls, apples and oranges, etc. The lesson can be completed in a 50-minute class period.

## Instructor Biography

Dr. Lodhi is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and head of the Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) at NUCES. He is a co-founder and former director of engineering at Vroom Technologies. His areas of interest include software engineering, software metrics, and object oriented methods.

Dr. Lodhi 是NUCES计算机系的一名教授 和软件工程研究中心（SERC）的负责人。他还是Vroom Technologies 的创始人之一和前工程部主任。他的研究领域包括软件工程，软件度量以及面向对象技术。

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