Representing Data

Question 1

The following table represents the types of animals and number of visits at the Laurel Animal Hospital last week.

Type of Animal Number of Visits
Cat 5
Dog 7
Rabbit 4
Parrot 12

Use the data to create a dot plot.


Question 2

The following table shows a survey of students’ favorite things to do after school.

Activity Students
School Clubs 23
Using the Phones 47
Eating Out 36
School Sports 27
Watching TV 21

Would a bar graph or histogram be the best representation of this data? Graph the data set, and explain your decision.


Question 3

The following data shows a survey of students’ favorite lunch food.

Food Students
Salad 5
Burger 27
Sandwich 17
Pizza 23
  • Part 1: Describe the type of data that is included in the table. What type of graphical representation would be best?
  • Part 2: Graph it.
  • Part 3: Write one to two sentences summarizing your graph.

Question 4

The track team at BHS had a weigh-in on Friday. Here are the results in pounds: 165, 172, 151, 153, 168, 142, 179, 149, 180, 150, 162, 160, 148, 172, 177, 153, 157, 163, 164, 163, 152, 155, 169, 170

  • Part 1: Using complete sentences, determine what type of graph would best represent this type of data, and explain why.
  • Part 2: Create the data graph that you chose as the most appropriate.

Question 5

Research Problem:  Find statistics for the number of births each month in the United States.

Outline in detail the statistical process you would go through to collect and analyze the data.

Then, perform the process. Be sure to include the graphical organization of your data. Be sure to follow appropriate guidelines and safety precautions for completing internet searches.

  • How are dot plots, bar graphs, and histograms used to analyze data?
  • How are dot plots, bar graphs, and histograms used for different types of data?
  • How does the statistical process help make informed decisions?
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