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Stem and Leaf Plots

Activity Overview

What is a Stem and Leaf plot and how can you generate them on your TI-nspire? This activity includes a range of data that can be plotted on Stem and Leaf plots. Students are required to extract a range of information from the plot and discuss the benefits of this representation and also the limitations. 

Objectives

The aim of this activity is for students to become more familiar with Stem and Leaf plots without necessarily having used them before. The questions in the activity are designed to make students think more about the usefulness of this display and how it might be modified under certain circumstances. 

Vocabulary

  • Stem
  • Leaf
  • Stem and Leaf Plot
  • Median
  • Range
  • Quartile

About the Lesson

Students generate Stem and Leaf Plots using TI-nspire and the data supplied with the activity file. Students can do this activity even if they have no prior experience with Stem and Leaf Plots. Students analyse the plots and use them to determine the strengths and weakness of this graphical representation.