Box plots - why?

IB Maths Studies: Box plots - why?

What is in a bunch of numbers? What stories do the numbers tell? It all depends on the way we look at them! Probably, we all have different instincts about what we might do with a given group of numbers. In this activity you are going to be asked to demonstrate and build on each others instincts. The task starts very simply - you will be given a set of numbers and asked to "Arrange them" so that they tell their story?

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Comments 2

JIS Maths 2 November 2017 - 04:02

I did this activity today and it was fantastic. The students struggled to find their own stories but bringing the four sets of numbers together on a number line was extremely powerful, especially when they guessed correctly that these were infant mortality figures. Thanks for the resource.

Jim Noble 8 November 2017 - 16:40

Really glad to hear it went well. I always enjoy this one and don't look at box plots in the same way afterwards! Thanks for the feedback.

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