Education Technology

Means With Confidence

Published on 03/20/2012

Activity Overview

Students estimate the true mean of a population when the standard deviation is known by finding the sample mean, margin of error and confidence interval.

Key Steps

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    Students work through self-check questions to review the standard normal curve and the percentiles.

    The Central Limit Theorem is also reviewed and built on to enable students to construct confidence intervals when trying to estimate the mean of the population.

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    Students will estimate the true mean of the longest reception for all American Football League receivers, given the standard deviation of the population.

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    Students are given homework problems that ask them to find different confidence intervals using the sample data.

    The complete data for the AFC receivers is also given in the next problem so that students can check the validity of the intervals by finding the true means of the population.