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1 Organizing Topic: Data Analysis Mathematical Goals: Students will analyze and interpret univariate data using measures of central tendency and dispersion. Students will calculate the z-scores for data. Students will investigate and compare data using z-scores. Students will explore normally distributed data, the normal curve and calculate probabilities using the probability density function and z-scores. Students will determine percentiles using z-scores. Students will design and conduct surveys and experiments using a variety of sampling techniques. Students will investigate and describe bias. Standards Addressed: AFDA.7; AFDA.8 Data Used: Data will be obtained from sampling, observations, measurement, experiments, and Internet sources. Materials: Graphing calculator Handouts Graph paper Computer with Internet access, spreadsheet software, and graphing software Instructional Activities: I. Z-Scores and NFL Quarterback Salaries Introduction to z-scores Students will analyze 2007 football quarterback salaries by examining means, variances, standard deviations, and z-scores. The activity is designed to be an example of a comprehensive analysis that can be done with a data set. Concepts covered include: measures of variability; average deviation; standard deviation; variance; and analysis of data variability II. Z-Scores and Major League Baseball Salaries Students will compare a team s total payroll with the number of wins each team had and determine the z-scores for each value in the two data sets. Students will discuss the relative inequities in the salaries and whether or not that is reflected in the number of wins. Students will also represent and analyze the data graphically. Concepts covered include: z-score transformations; and normal distribution. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 1

2 III. IV. What is a Normal Curve? In this activity, students will conduct a coin flipping experiment that should yield data in a normal distribution. Students will describe attributes of normal curves and investigate the effect on the curve of changing the mean and/or standard deviation. Concepts covered include: normal distribution; graph of normally distributed data; attributes of normal curves; and effect of mean and standard deviation on the normal curve. Standard Normal Distributions Students will investigate the properties of a normal curve and the standard normal distribution. They will transform normally distributed data to standard normal scores using z-scores transformations in two problem contexts. The activity also introduces how percentiles are determined using a standard normal table or by using a calculator. The associated height project provides an opportunity to discuss appropriate sampling techniques, the formula for the sample standard deviation, and a context where a set of normally distributed data is analyzed through the lens of the standard normal distribution. Concepts covered include: properties of a normal curve; the standard normal distribution; z-score transformations; percentiles; area under the normal curve; sample standard deviation; and population parameters and sample statistics. V. Probability Density Students will investigate how the area between the standard normal curve and the x-axis can be used to calculate probabilities. Students will connect the ideas of probability and percentile. Students will also link the concept of area under the curve with probability and learn to shade the appropriate region under a standard normal curve to represent a certain probability. Concepts covered include: area under a normal curve; standard normal distribution; probabilities associated with areas under the normal curve; and percentiles. VI. Sampling: Politics and Opinions Students will investigate how political polling takes place and will construct their own public opinion poll using one of the sampling techniques learned in this course. Concepts covered include: Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 2

3 sampling techniques; and identifying sources of bias. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 3

4 Activity 1: Teacher Notes -- Z-Scores and NFL Quarterback Salaries Introduction to Z-scores In this activity, students will analyze 2007 football quarterback salaries by examining means, variances, standard deviations, and z-scores. This activity is designed to be a comprehensive example of analysis that can be done with a data set. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 4

5 Z-Scores and NFL Quarterback Salaries Data from USA Today Salaries 1. Using the quarterback salary data in the table provided, a. The number of teams, N, is equal to b. Find the sum of all of the quarterback salaries,, and fill in that number in your table. c. Calculate the mean : What information does the mean provide? How many salaries are above the mean? Below the mean? Was that what you expected? Explain. d. Use the mean to fill in the next two columns in the table, the deviation from the mean and the square of that number for each datum. What is the sum of the Deviation from the Mean column? Explain why that makes sense. What led statisticians to use the sum of the squares of the deviations? e. Calculate the variance : f. Calculate the standard deviation: ( 2 ) Which quarterback salaries are within 1 standard deviation of the mean? What percentage of salaries is that? Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 5

6 Which quarterback salaries are not within 2 standard deviations of the mean? x 2. Calculate the z-score for each salary z score and complete that column of the table. a. Find which team s quarterback has a salary farthest from the mean. What was the corresponding z-score? b. Find which team s quarterback has a salary closest to the mean. What was the corresponding z-score? c. What information does each z-score provide? d. Why are some z-scores negative numbers? e. Determine how many of the z-scores are positive and how many are negative and explain why that makes sense. f. What is the sum of all of the z-scores? Explain why this makes sense. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 6

7 2007 Quarterback Salary Data Table Data from Team Name Quarterback Salary Bears \$2,039,800 Bengals \$7,250,000 Bills \$1,804,560 Broncos \$8,253,020 Browns \$1,147,000 Buccaneers \$5,003,360 Cardinals \$10,339,920 Chargers \$5,005,760 Chiefs \$3,753,600 Colts \$11,003,840 Cowboys \$1,506,000 Dolphins \$6,000,000 Eagles \$5,504,080 Falcons \$3,503,720 Forty-niners \$1,675,000 Giants \$6,450,000 Jaguars \$1,105,280 Jets \$4,000,000 Lions \$1,500,000 Packers \$11,000,480 Panthers \$7,400,000 Patriots \$6,005,160 Raiders \$3,200,000 Rams \$17,502,040 Ravens \$4,001,200 Redskins \$578,020 Saints \$3,000,000 Seahawks \$6,004,320 Steelers \$1,009,840 Texans \$8,000,000 Titans \$13,143,000 Vikings \$1,485,000 TOTALS x Deviation from the Mean Square each Deviation from the mean z- score x ( x )/ ( x ) ( x ) 2 ( x )/ Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 7

8 Extension 1. Additional questions to ask might be: a. Which is a better salary for a quarterback, \$8,000,000 in 2007 or \$850,000 in 1991? b. Which position player has a better relative salary, a punter making \$500,000 or a quarterback making \$6,000,000? c. Ask students to pretend that a typo was made when entering the Rams quarterback salary, instead of \$17,502,040 it should have been \$1,750,204. How would this affect the data? 2. Repeat the process with salaries of other position players or for quarterbacks in another given year. 3. Have students gather longitudinal data for a specific position and find an appropriate regression curve. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 8

9 Answers: 1. a. N=32 b d e. Salary Team z-score \$1,147,000 Browns \$5,003,360 Buccaneers \$10,339,920 Cardinals 1.28 \$5,005,760 Chargers \$3,753,600 Chiefs \$11,003,840 Colts 1.44 \$1,506,000 Cowboys \$6,000,000 Dolphins 0.18 \$5,504,080 Eagles 0.05 \$3,503,720 Falcons \$1,675,000 Forty-niners \$6,450,000 Giants 0.29 \$1,105,280 Jaguars \$4,000,000 Jets \$1,500,000 Lions \$11,000,480 Packers 1.44 \$7,400,000 Panthers 0.53 \$6,005,160 Patriots 0.18 \$3,200,000 Raiders \$17,502,040 Rams 3.09 \$4,001,200 Ravens \$578,020 Redskins \$3,000,000 Saints \$6,004,320 Seahawks 0.18 \$1,009,840 Steelers \$8,000,000 Texans 0.69 \$13,143,000 Titans 1.98 \$1,485,000 Vikings Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/2011 9

10 Activity 2: Data Set Comparison, z-scores, and Major League Baseball (MLB) Payroll Analysis In this activity, students will compare a team s total payroll with the number of wins each team had. To do that, they will determine the z-scores for each value in the two data sets and discuss the relative inequities in the salaries and whether or not that is reflected in the number of wins. Students will also represent and analyze the data graphically. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

11 Data Set Comparison, Z-Scores, and Major League Baseball Payroll Analysis Using the 2007 total team payroll and records for each team in Major League Baseball on the table on the next page: 1. Use a spreadsheet or graphing calculator to find the mean and standard deviation for the payroll data as well as the z-score for each team. 2. Are there any teams payrolls more than two standard deviations away from the mean? 3. Some people say that it is not fair for the Yankees to pay so much and the Devil Rays to pay so little. Do you think it is fair? If you do think it is fair, explain why. If not, how could you make it fairer? What should Major League Baseball do to try to maintain equity in competition? 4. Find the mean and standard deviation for the number of wins data and z-score for each team. How do the z-scores from that data set compare to the payroll z-scores? Does a team that pays more in salary lead to more wins in a season? Explain your reasoning. 5. Look at the data and determine which team seemed to get the most bang for the buck justify your answer. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

12 Baseball 2007 Payroll and Wins Data Table Data from: Team Payroll z-score Wins z-score New York Yankees \$189,639, Boston Red Sox \$143,026, New York Mets \$115,231, Los Angeles Angels \$109,251, Chicago White Sox \$108,671, Los Angeles Dodgers \$108,454, Seattle Mariners \$106,460, Chicago Cubs \$99,670, Detroit Tigers \$95,180, Baltimore Orioles \$93,554, St. Louis Cardinals \$90,286, San Francisco Giants \$90,219, Philadelphia Phillies \$89,428, Houston Astros \$87,759, Atlanta Braves \$87,290, Toronto Blue Jays \$81,942, Oakland Athletics \$79,366, Minnesota Twins \$71,439, Milwaukee Brewers \$70,986, Cincinnati Reds \$68,904, Texas Rangers \$68,318, Kansas City Royals \$67,116, Cleveland Indians \$61,673, San Diego Padres \$58,110, Colorado Rockies \$54,424, Arizona Diamondbacks \$52,067, Pittsburgh Pirates \$38,537, Washington Nationals \$37,347, Florida Marlins \$30,507, Tampa Bay Devil Rays \$24,123, Mean Mean Standard Deviation Standard Deviation Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

13 6. Using the scatter plot below and the z-scores you calculated, identify the data points for six of the teams. If you were an owner of a baseball team, in which quadrant would you prefer your team s data point to be located? Comparison of Payroll vs. Wins for the 2007 Baseball Season z-score for wins z-score for payroll 7. Below are two box-and-whisker plots of the team payroll data one includes all of the data and the other displays the outlier separate. From the data, determine and label the Minimum, 1 st Quartile, Median, 3 rd Quartile and Maximum. Label those values on the graphs below. Baseball 2007 Team Salary Data Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

14 8. Use your graphing calculator to help make a box-and-whisker plot for the wins data. Sketch the plot below. Label Min., Q1, Median, Q3, and Max. Baseball 2007 Wins Data Box and Whisker Plot 9. List the teams between Q1 and Q2 in terms of number of wins. Which teams also appear in the list of teams between Q1 and Q2 in payroll? 10. Is the median for the wins data equal to the mean? What would need to be true for this to happen? If this is not the case, why not? Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

15 Completed Z-Score Table Team Payroll z-score Wins z-score New York Yankees \$189,639, Boston Red Sox \$143,026, New York Mets \$115,231, Los Angeles Angels \$109,251, Chicago White Sox \$108,671, Los Angeles Dodgers \$108,454, Seattle Mariners \$106,460, Chicago Cubs \$99,670, Detroit Tigers \$95,180, Baltimore Orioles \$93,554, St. Louis Cardinals \$90,286, San Francisco Giants \$90,219, Philadelphia Phillies \$89,428, Houston Astros \$87,759, Atlanta Braves \$87,290, Toronto Blue Jays \$81,942, Oakland Athletics \$79,366, Minnesota Twins \$71,439, Milwaukee Brewers \$70,986, Cincinnati Reds \$68,904, Texas Rangers \$68,318, Kansas City Royals \$67,116, Cleveland Indians \$61,673, San Diego Padres \$58,110, Colorado Rockies \$54,424, Arizona Diamondbacks \$52,067, Pittsburgh Pirates \$38,537, Washington Nationals \$37,347, Florida Marlins \$30,507, Tampa Bay Devil Rays \$24,123, Mean Mean \$82,633,066 \$81 Standard Standard Deviation Deviation Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

16 Extensions 1. What happens to the z-score if the New York Yankees are removed from the data set for payroll? Additionally, what happens when the Boston Red Sox are removed as well? 2. Have students research to see how MLB actually does try to maintain equity among the teams? 3. Have students research ticket prices for the different MLB teams and compare those to payroll using z-scores. 4. Using the z-scores obtained in this activity, determine how strong of a correlation exists between payroll and wins. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

17 Activity 3: Teacher s Notes--What is a Normal Curve? In this activity, students will conduct a coin flipping experiment that should yield data in a normal distribution. Students will describe attributes of normal curves and investigate the effect of changing the mean and/or standard deviation. In addition to considering the theoretical probabilities and how they lead to a discussion of a normal distribution, students will benefit from simulating the ten coin experiment. Students can simulate the experiment a number of ways, including but not limited to actually flipping pennies. Another possibility is to do a computer simulation. A short program that flips ten coins is easy to write. The program below simulates the flipping of ten coins by generating 0 s and 1 s randomly in groups of ten. By assigning a 1 to be a heads and a 0 to be tails, finding the sum for each ten indicates the number of heads in ten flips (each trial). Once the data is stored in a list, it can be graphed in a histogram. While the experimental probability likely deviates from the theoretical probability, it can validate the theoretical results and appear to fit a normal curve. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

18 One set of results that were graphed looked like: No of Frequency Heads Students can connect the center points at the top of each bar to reveal the shape of the distribution: From this data, students can calculate the mean and standard deviation: Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

19 Then graph the corresponding normal curve as follows: 1. Enter formula 2. Set Window Dimensions 3. Graph After an introduction to the normal probability density function, a student can use the defined function to evaluate probabilities. For instance, to find the probability that the number of heads is 6 or fewer, a student can enter: With the result: Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

20 What is a Normal Curve? Experiment Flip ten coins 1024 times and count the number of heads in each trial. First, focus on the theoretical probabilities. Using combinations, we can obtain the expected values and theoretical probabilities in the table below: Number of Heads Expected Frequency value out of Theoretical Probability Percent Likelihood 1. What is the sum of all the probabilities? 2. Complete the percent likelihood column by converting the theoretical probability to a decimal and then to a percent. 3. What observations can you make about the data in the table thus far? Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

21 4. On the axis provided, plot the theoretical probability for each number of heads Connect the data points with a smooth curve the result is a normal curve. 6. What do you observe about the graph s: shape? symmetry? highest point? mean/median/mode probability? 7. Read about the characteristics of a normal curve below and discuss how the curve you drew compares to the characteristics. The Graph of a Normal Distribution is a Normal Curve and every normal curve has the following characteristics: The mean, median and mode are equal. They are bell-shaped and symmetrical about the mean. The curve never touches, but it becomes closer and closer to the horizontal axis as it gets farther from the mean. The total area under the curve is equal to 1. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

22 8. Which of the following appear to be normal curves? a. b. c. d. e. f. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

23 9. Each graph in the figure to the left below is a normal curve. Match the curve (1-4) to the corresponding information listed below (a-d). a. Mean = 5 Standard Deviation =1 b. Mean = 4 Standard Deviation = 1 c. Mean = 6 Standard Deviation =.5 d. Mean = 5 Standard Deviation = 1.5 Graph letter Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

24 10. On each of the following axes, you will draw two normal curves with the information given: a. Same mean and different b. Different mean and same standard deviation standard deviation 11. Conduct research in texts and on the Internet to find ten examples of data that are normally distributed. a. c. e. g. i. b. d. f. h. j. 12. Conduct research in texts and on the Internet to find ten examples of data that are NOT normally distributed. a. c. e. g. i. b. d. f. h. j. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

25 Activity 4: Teacher s Notes--Standard Normal Distributions, Percentiles and Heights In this activity, students will investigate the properties of a normal curve, particularly the standard normal distribution and will transform normally distributed data to a standard normal curve using z-scores in two problem contexts. The activity introduces how percentiles are determined using a standard normal table or by using a calculator. The associated height project provides an opportunity to discuss appropriate sampling techniques, the formula for the sample standard deviation and a context where a set of normally distributed data is analyzed. It is important for students to understand the distinction between population parameters and sample statistics. Understanding why n-1 is used for the sample standard deviation while n is used for the population standard deviation is a topic that is technically beyond the scope of this course, but students should be given the opportunity to develop an intuitive understanding of degrees of freedom. Graphing calculators and spreadsheets have the capacity to produce both. In fact, when the TI- 83/84 does its single variable statistics for a list, both sample and population statistics are generated. There are other methods than those mentioned in the Sampling Techniques box in the activity. The goal when sampling is to reduce bias. Students should be expected to construct a method for gathering data that reduces bias. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

26 Standard Normal Distributions, Percentiles, and Height Background Information: A Normal Distribution with mean equal to 0 and standard deviation equal to 1 is called a standard normal distribution Area under the curve within 1 standard deviation of the mean 68% Area under the curve within 2 standard deviations of the mean 95% Area under the curve within 3 standard deviations of the mean 99.7%. Sometimes this is called the rule Because the total area under a standard normal curve is 1, these numbers represent the percentage of area in the bounded (shaded) region. They can also be used in the calculation of probability. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

27 To find out the percentile (percent of data below a given value in a data set) for a given data value, we can look at the accumulated area up to that value. That area can be found using calculus, a standard normal table or a calculator command. Example: Find the percentile for a z-score of 1.8. We can see that the accumulated area under the curve is about.96407, so 1.8 falls approximately at the 96 th percentile. Use the normalcdf command on your TI Calculator to find the percentile of 1.8 on the standard normal distribution. Note: Normal distributions can be transformed to standard normal curves. It is possible to use z-scores and the standard normal curve to find areas under any normal curve. 1. The College of Knowledge gives an admission qualifying exam. The results are normally distributed with a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100. The admissions department would only like to accept students who score in the 65 th percentile or better. Determine the z-scores and the percentiles of the following student s scores using the standard normal table on the next page (once the z-score is calculated to three decimal places, look for the first two decimal places on the left hand column of the table and the third across the top, then find the corresponding value in the row and column of the two). Which students qualify for admission? Student Score Z-Score Percentile Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

28 Standard Normal Table using z-scores z z Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

29 2. The MP3 Player, made by Mango Corporation, GoPod has an average battery life of 400 hours. Battery life for the GoPod is normally distributed with a standard deviation of 25 hours. The MP3 player made by Pineapple, Incorporated, the PeaPod has an average battery life of 390 hours. The distribution for its battery life is also normally distributed with a standard deviation of 30 hours. a. Find the z- scores for each battery with lives of 250, 350, 410, and 450 hours. b. Which battery lasting 410 hours performed better? c. What percent of the GoPod batteries last between 375 and 410 hours? d. What percent of PeaPod batteries last more than 370 hours? Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

30 Height Project Research Question: Can we assume the heights of 15-year-olds are normally distributed? Sampling Techniques Stratified Sample sample members from each strata (gender, income, age, ethnicity, etc.) to make sure each segment of the population is fairly represented. Cluster Sample sample members of selected clusters where each cluster has similar characteristics. Systematic Sample sample members chosen by assigning each member of a population a number and selecting a random starting point and choosing every n th member. 1. Random Sample Design: Determine a method for collecting a truly random sampling of thirty 15-year-olds in school to find their heights in inches. Does it make sense to use a stratified sample? a cluster sample? a systematic sample? Explain: 2. Gather the data and then enter it into a spreadsheet or a graphing calculator. Student Height Student Height 3. Determine the sample mean, x x N Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

31 4. Determine sample standard deviation, s ( x x) 2 N 1 5. Calculate each student s z-score and use a standard normal curve based upon your sample statistics to determine how many students lie within 1, 2 and 3 standard deviations of the mean. 6. If a 15-year-old is 6 feet tall, what percent of students are shorter than 6 feet? 7. A 15-year-old student is considered tall if he/she falls at or above the 75 th percentile. What is the minimum height for a student to be considered tall? 8. How does your analysis compare with that of other groups in your class? 9. Gather the data and do the same analysis with a random sampling of an additional 20 or 30 students. 10. How do the results in question 9 compare with the results you obtained with your sample of 30? Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

32 Activity 5: Teacher s Notes--Probability Density In this activity, students will investigate how a standard normal curve can be used to calculate probabilities. Students will connect the ideas of probability and percentile. Students will also link the concept of area under the curve with probability and learn to shade the appropriate region under a standard normal curve to represent a certain probability. This use of the normal probability density function can be used with several activities and problems where the mean and standard deviation are calculated or where those statistics are provided. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

33 Probability Density If an experiment generates outcomes that are normally distributed, the standard normal curve can be used to calculate probabilities of specific outcomes. Example: The life span of a particular machine gasket is normally distributed with a mean of 750 hours with a standard deviation of 25 hours. The graph of the distribution is below: The accumulated area up to 775 represents the probability that the gasket will last 775 or fewer hours. The shaded area below represents the probability that the gasket will last 775 or fewer hours. The corresponding numerical probability is determined using a z-score Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

34 z and using the Standard Normal Table or a calculator we can see P(x<775) = Using the same machine gasket example, shade the region representing the given probability and then determine the numerical probability using the table or a calculator. 1. The probability the gasket will last more than 730 hours. P(x > 730) The probability the gasket lasts less than 785 hours. P(x < 785) The probability the gasket lasts between 730 and 785 hours. P(730 < x < 785) Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

35 4. The probability that the gasket lasts more than 780 hours or less than 720 hours. P(780 < x or x < 725) Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

36 Solutions: This can be done by finding the z-score for 730 z Find the corresponding value on the Standard Normal Table, that represents the area up to 730 and the probability, P( x < 730). Since we want the area above 730 and since the total area under the curve is 1, that area is P(x > 730) = = or using the calculator, the area/probability can be shaded if the probability density function is in the calculator. If the probability function is not in Y 1, the calculator can find it by: Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

37 Below are some possible approaches for the other three problems: Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

38 Activity 6: Teacher s Notes--Sampling: Politics and Opinions Students will investigate how political polling takes place and will construct their own public opinion poll using one of the sampling techniques learned in this course. This sample survey example is one of many that can be done that will be of interest to students. The emphasis should be on survey design and constructing a sample process that minimizes experimental error and bias. The Wikipedia links mentioned at the beginning of this organizing topic provide an avenue for students to explore the sampling techniques mentioned. Take the opportunity to have students research the evolution of political polling from a historical and methodological perspective. Discuss the reliability of subjective versus objective data. Have students investigate the Nielsen television ratings, how the research is conducted, and how the results impact the cost of commercial time. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

39 Sampling: Politics and Opinions You have been hired by the School Board to answer this question about ALL of the students/teachers in your school: How much homework do teachers assign and/or do students do? Unfortunately, you cannot possibly get that from everyone, so you decide to take a sample and use the data from your sample to make conclusions about the entire school population. Initial Questions 1. What kinds of quantitative questions do you think need to be asked? 2. What qualitative questions should be asked? 3. What kind of demographic information might be useful to the School Board? 4. Since you are going to use a sample, which kind of sample strategy will get you the most accurate information? How many students need to be included in the sample? 5. What kinds of things could bias your sample? What can you do to help to eliminate bias? Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

40 6. Construct a survey with 5-8 questions containing both quantitative and qualitative questions. Be sure to include the personal data you want as well. Homework Survey - The purpose of the survey is to find out information requested by the school board Describe the plan you have to gather the sample data. Include the number in your sample, your strategy, and timeline. Sample Description Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

41 8. In a spreadsheet, organize your data and determine what statistics you will need to use in your presentation to the Board. 9. For your numeric data (i.e., minutes of homework done daily), calculate the mean and sample standard deviation. Assuming that is a normal distribution, determine the likelihood that a student in the school population would study more than 60 minutes. 10. Anticipate what information the School Board might want to know about the study and how the research was conducted. Prepare a 5-10 minute presentation to explain how you conducted the survey and your results. Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

42 Resources: USA Today NFL Quarterback Payroll information USA Today Baseball Payroll information Baseball Statistics and History Baseball Statistics Wikipedias the Free Encyclopedia with resources with links to additional information about sampling Virginia Department of Education 2007, revised 12/

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