Introductory Probability without Calculus

In summary, there are two potential resources for introductory probability aimed at students with a working knowledge of High School Algebra: "Probability: An Introduction" by Samuel Goldberg and "Integrated Algebra and Trigonometry" by Fisher and Ziebur. The latter includes a chapter that develops probability using combinatorics without calculus, which may be beneficial for someone planning to eventually learn Calculus. However, the first book is likely a better fit for this specific purpose.
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Are there any good introductory texts aimed at students with only a working knowledge of High School Algebra? I currently have:
Probability: An Introduction by Samuel Goldberg

I do plan on eventually learning Calculus, but I would like to start learning probability sooner.
 
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I don‘t know of any book or recent work that does this. I do know of a chapter in a long out of print book that develops a surprising amount of probability theory without calculus, rigorously, using combinatorics. It was aimed at high school level. I believe used copies of this book can still be found.

Integrated Algebra and Trigonometry
by Fisher and Ziebur

Chapter 8 develops probability via combinatorics.
 
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hackedagainanda said:
Are there any good introductory texts aimed at students with only a working knowledge of High School Algebra? I currently have:
Probability: An Introduction by Samuel Goldberg

I do plan on eventually learning Calculus, but I would like to start learning probability sooner.
That looks (checking 'look in book' feature on amazon) like a good book for your purposes, better than my recommendation. I doubt you would do much better.
 

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