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Queueing systems

Use queuing theory to determine which queue to join at the checkout

Queuing theory is the mathematical study of waiting lines, or queues. In queuing theory, a model is constructed so that queue lengths and waiting time can be predicted. Applications of this theory can be seen in telecommunication, traffic engineering, computing and in the design of factories, shops, offices and hospitals.

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An engaging starter activity in which students will use queuing theory to determine which queue to join at the checkout.

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