Published on April 03, 2013
Students create and explore a box plot and histogram for a data set. They then compare the two data displays by viewing them together and use the comparison to draw conclusions about the data.
In the first part of the activity, students are given a scenario. They use the data supplied to discuss any visible trends when studying the data.
Students create a box plot from the data in the spreadsheet. They will analyze the different sections of the plot and determine where the mean falls relative to the median.
In the second part of the activity, students use the same data to create a histogram. They study and manipulate the histogram to gather information about the data. They explore the relationship of the mean and median by plotting both values.