Algebra II : Basic Statistics

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Algebra II

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Example Questions

Example Question #5 : Histograms

The following histogram shows the highest level of education attained by the employees of a local store.

Histogram

How many employees have at least an Associate degree?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Solution

The number of employees who have at least an Associate degree include the employees who have an Associate degree, the employees who have a Bachelor degree and the employees who have a Graduate degree.

We read the numbers from the 3 bars on the histogram showing the employees with Associate, Bachelor, and Graduate degrees.

 

Example Question #6 : Histograms

This histogram shows the distribution of grades on Mr. Margarine's final. What percentage of the students got an A or B?

 Histogram 1

 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The histogram shows that there are a total of 23 students.

There were 7 students who earned B's and 5 who earned A's, so that's 12 who got A's or B's.

, or .

Example Question #1 : Scatter Plots

Which of the following would most likely represent an outlier on a scatterplot which relates height (in inches) to shoe size for men? 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

An outlier is defined as a point that does not fit within the general pattern of the data. Thus, we are looking for a height that is not within the normal range for an adult male, and shoe size which is outside of the range for an adult male. Typically, an adult male would be between 65 and 77 inches tall (5 feet 5 inches and 6 feet 5 inches). Typically, an adult male's shoe size would be around a 10. Thus, the outlier would have height and shoe size drastically different from these,

Example Question #2 : Scatter Plots

Which of the following represents a positive association in a scatterplot? 

Possible Answers:

As  decreases,  increases. 

As  increases,  also increases. 

As  increases,  stays constant. 

As  increases,  decreases. 

There is no pattern amongst the data. 

Correct answer:

As  increases,  also increases. 

Explanation:

A positive association is defined as a scatterplot on which the best fit line has a positive slope.

This pattern is identified because on the graph, looking from left to right, the vast majority of the points goes up.

This can also be described by saying, "as  increases,  increases". 

Example Question #1 : Construct And Interpret Scatter Plots: Ccss.Math.Content.8.Sp.A.1

A scatterplot correlates adult males' height vs. shoe size. What does the point  on the scatterplot represent? 

Possible Answers:

The mean adult male height and shoe size.

One adult male who is 72 inches tall and with a shoe size of 13. 

The median adult male height and shoe size.

That 72 inches and 13 shoe size are outliers compared to the rest of the adult male population. 

All adult males that were surveyed were the same height and weight. 

Correct answer:

One adult male who is 72 inches tall and with a shoe size of 13. 

Explanation:

When creating a scatterplot, data is collected. This data is formulated into ordered pairs. Each of these ordered pairs, which are later graphed, represent one person's data. Thus, this particular piece of data would represent one man's height of  inches and that same man's shoe size of

Example Question #3 : Scatter Plots

What would be the most accurate line of best fit for this scatter plot?

Scatter plot 2

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This data is quadratic rather than linear - it increases much more sharply than the line . It is also a positive correlation, so the equation should be positive. It is not because the data starts very near the origin .

Example Question #1 : Scatter Plots

What type of correlation does this data have?

Scatter plot 1

Possible Answers:

Negative correlation

Positive correlation

No correlation

Linear correlation

Correct answer:

Positive correlation

Explanation:

It has a positive correlation because the points all trend upward. In other words, as the independent variable on the x-axis increases, the dependent variable on the y-axis also increases. Therefore, the line of best fit that is drawn through the data represents a positive line as it has a positive slope. This verifies that our data has a positive correlation.

Example Question #1 : Scatter Plots

This scatter plot represents data about snack quality (-axis) vs. price (-axis). Which statements are a correct interpretation of the data?

Scatter plot 1

I. The price of a higher quality snack tends to be higher.

II. Points below the line represent snacks whose price is higher than their quality.

III. Points above the line represent snacks whose quality is higher than their price.

Possible Answers:

I and II

II only

I and III

I only

Correct answer:

I only

Explanation:

I. is a true statement about the scatter plot: as quality increases, price tends to increase.

II. is not true - the points under the line have a relatively low price compared to their quality.

III. is also not true - the points above the line have relatively low quality compared to their price.

Example Question #1 : Data Properties

Suppose the ages of a college chemistry class were recorded and the ages reported were as follows:

What is the range of this data?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The range is calculated by subtracting the smallest value from the largest value: 

Example Question #7 : Range

Observe the following table:

Client          Age
Marsha 14
Tom 13
Alice 65
Brandy 34
Candy 23
James 43
Brady 19

Find the range for the ages of the clients in the table?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Let us start by identifying the maximum and minimum values of the list of values.

The maximum is 65 and the minimum is 13.

The range is computed by substracting the minimum from the maximum, which gives us:

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