Distribution of Data Notes is designed to help students discover three basic distributions of data: negatively skewed, positively skewed, or symmetrically skewed.
Students use graphing calculators to enter data values and quickly see a visual representation of the data through histograms and box-and-whisker plots on the graphing calculator. (Steps on how to use the graphing calculator are included on the notes.)
Then after students identify the type of distribution, they are asked to describe the center and spread of the data using either mean and standard deviation or the five number summary of the data. (Steps to use the graphing calculator to calculate the mean and standard deviation or the five number summary are included in the notes.)
For more information on solving for standard deviation and the five number summary by hand, check out Standard Deviation and Five Number Summary Notes and Worksheet
I use this set of notes in my Algebra II class in a 45 minutes class period.
Instructions for printing and assembly as well as an answer key are included.
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