The Happy Meal has become an American institution. Burgers, fries, nuggets, and, of course, toys. Trying to collect a whole set can be fun…and sometimes frustrating. In this lesson, we’ll use probability and expected value to figure out how many Happy Meals you should plan on buying if you just have to get all of those sweet knickknacks.
You might recognize this as the Coupon Collector’s problem, but come on, that’s no fun at all. Have you ever tried to play with a coupon? It’s terrible. Also, paper cuts are the worst.