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Key Topic: Monte Carlo simulations

Maintaining a healthy crew aboard the space shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) is of utmost importance to having a successful mission. The Integrated Medical Model (IMM), is a Monte Carlo simulation-based tool designed to quantify the probability of the medical risks and potential consequences that astronauts could experience during a mission. In this activity, students will use Monte Carlo methods with a TI-Nspire™ to simulate and predict probabilities of CO2 headaches aboard the ISS.

Students will
  • apply binomial methods under proper conditions;
  • use a random number generator to perform simulations;
  • use simulations to construct empirical probability distributions; and
  • use probability distributions to answer probability questions.

Note: This particular activity requires the use of TI-Nspire™ technology to be used successfully.

Files for use with the TI-Nspire
› The Integrated Medical Model Educator Edition (PDF 596 KB)
› The Integrated Medical Model Student Edition (PDF 164 KB)
Note: The following files are software specific files for Texas Instrument Nspire calculators.
› The Integrated Medical Model TI_Nspire Document (TNS 252 KB)
› The Integrated Medical Model TI_Nspire Document w/ Solutions (TNS 262 KB)

Related Resources
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