I suggest you get yourself a few bags of M&M’s for this course, as you will be doing some fun and tasty exercises with them. You could use the same bag each time, but who could resist eating them after you rip open the bag.
The plain M&M’s Milk Chocolates are mass-produced with a distribution of 24% blue, 20% orange, 16% green, 14% yellow, 13% red and 13% brown. The peanut M&M’s are mass-produced with a distribution of 23% blue, 23% orange, 15% green, 15% yellow, 12% red and 12% brown. So choose your favorite, rip it open and spill them out (but don’t eat any yet). Count how many (1a) blues, (2a) oranges, (3a) greens, (4a) yellows, (5a) reds and (6a) browns are in your package. What percentage of the package are (1b) blues, (2b) oranges, (3b) greens, (4b) yellows, (5b) reds and (6b) browns?
Create a pie chart or bar chart showing the distribution. Now you cannot expect your package to have exactly the same percentages as the population, but it probably will be similar.
After you report your totals, tell me whether you believe your package seems about right, and if not, what stands out (like there are hardly any greens or there are mostly reds).