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Heads' photo Upload the photograph of the coin’s head—the side not showing its value.
Tails' photo Upload the photograph of the coin's tails—the side with its value.
Country of Origin What is your coin's country of origin?
Name of the Currency What is the name of your coin’s currency? (For example, a penny, a nickel, a quarter, a pound, etc.)
Denomination What is your coin's value? (For example, ten cents, twenty-five cents, one dollar, etc.)
Total Number of Experiments How many times did you toss the coin?
Number of Heads' Results How many times in your experiment did the coin land heads up?
Relative Frequency What was the frequency of heads in your experiment? This value is calculated as the ratio of heads to the total number of tosses in your table. It must equal the reply to Question 8 divided by the reply to Question 7. Please check it.
Obtain an ordinary metal coin (not a souvenir or commemorative one). Photograph it against a millimeter-graduated ruler, first the heads side (which will not show its value), and then the tails side (which will show its value).
On a piece of paper, draw a table:
Toss the coin into the air, not too vigorously, so that is goes up about 50 cm. Let it land on a smooth surface, e.g., a table or the floor. The surface must not be elastic, too hard, slippery or viscous. For example, a glass table should be covered with a cloth. Do not allow the coin to hit a wall or any other object other than the table or floor on which it lands. (Safety tip: do not toss the coin about your head or throw the coin. Always keep it in sight.)
When the coin lands, observe which side is facing up. If it is heads, put a checkmark in the second column of your table’s first row. If it came up tails, enter nothing in the table.
Repeat the toss and put a checkmark in the right column of the second row only it the coin landed heads up.
Toss the coin from 20 to 100 times (important: the number of tosses should be an even number) and record if it lands heads each time.
Add up the number of “heads” in the right column and divide this number by the total number of tosses in the left column. This will provide the ratio of “heads” to the total number of tosses.
Fill in the Report Form.
This experiment can be repeated with a different coin.
Check the Project’s progress on the Findings page. At what point could we view our common results (yours and other participants) as statistically valid and non-accidental? Will we find an “unfair” coin? How can we be sure this is really an unfair coin and not a mistake in our experiment or just accidental luck?
Do not toss the coin over your head or behind you, and do not throw the coin. Do not lose sight of the coin.