M. RENÉ Gaudet


Grade 9 Math WebQuest Analyzing Statistics
Introduction You will be studying statistics in one of three areas and seeing how they apply to the real world. Your choices are: 1) To look at the TV viewing habits of Canadians; 2) Explore how much tuition is for postsecondary studies; 3) See what are the most popular spots Canadians like to visit. Choose one of the three activities to complete with a partner: The Choices 1) TV viewing habits of Canadians. http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/arts22a.htm
A) Survey some students in the school to know what type of television programming they spend the most time watching. Aim to get one hundred responses. Represent your data in a table using Microsoft Excel and include your number results as well as by percent. B) Using the statistics from the data table on the provided web site, represent it in a graph again using Microsoft Excel. Explain why you chose this as the best type of graph to represent the data. C) What comparisons can you make between your survey and the one by Statistics Canada? D) What observations and conclusions can you make by looking at the Statistics Canada chart? Who could be interested in these statistics and for what reason? E) The data was collected in November. Do you think that the results would have been different in March? In July? Explain why or why not. F) The data was collected in 2004. Do you think that the percentages would be different if it were done today? Do you think that there are categories that could be added or deleted? Explain. G) With your partner, decide who will play what role in the following. You will present your arguments to the rest of the class where they will judge who has the most convincing arguments. i) You are working for the CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Communication) and you feel that the Government must put more money into Canadian content television. Use data to backup your argument. ii) You are working for a major Canadian television network. You don’t want the government to mandate more Canadian content. Prove that there are enough of certain types of programming that should satisfy most citizens.
2) Tuition fees for undergraduate programs in Canada. http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/educ50a.htm http://www.nscc.ns.ca/Admissions/Cost_And_Financial_Aid/NSCC_Money_Matters_2007.pdf
A) What do you want to do after high school? Next September, you will have to make choices as to what types of courses you want to take in senior high to build a foundation towards what you’d like to do after high school. So let’s look at some options and how much it would cost. The first step is to imagine how much it might cost to go to University or to Community College. Prepare a survey for other students to ask how much tuition cost is for Universities and Colleges. Ask if they think that costs for all programs are the same. Aim to get one hundred responses. Represent your data in a table using Microsoft Excel. B) Using the statistics from the data table on the provided web sites, represent it in a graph again using Microsoft Excel. Explain why you chose this as the best type of graph to represent the data. (The first site will give you information for University undergrad programs while the second site provides tuition information for the Nova Scotia Community College.) C) What comparisons can you make between your survey and the one by Statistics Canada? D) What observations and conclusions can you make by looking at the Statistics Canada chart? What patterns can you see? Who could be interested in these statistics and for what reasons? E) Do you think that there is a correlation between tuition fees and potential income for these professions? To help you answer this question, take a look at the following data table on average hourly earnings by industry: http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/labr74a.htm F) The last data was collected in 2004. Do you think that the fees are different today? Pick one field of study, research a couple of Universities that offer that program and find out what the current tuition fees are. G) With your partner, decide who will play what role in the following. You will present your arguments to the rest of the class where they will judge who has the most convincing arguments. i) You are a University representative that wants to convince as many students to apply to their school as possible. Explain why tuition fees need to be where they are. Use statistics to help support your argument. You may have to do additional research to see what tuition fees cover. ii) You are a College representative that wants to convince as many students to apply to their school as possible. Explain why tuition fees need to be where they are. Use statistics to help support your argument. You may have to do additional research to see what tuition fees cover.
3) Where do Canadians go to visit? http://www40.statcan.ca/l01/cst01/arts37a.htm
A) If you could visit one country in the world, where would it be? Prepare a survey for other students to ask them where they would like to go. Aim to get one hundred responses. Represent your data in a table using Microsoft Excel. B) Using the statistics from the data table on the provided web site, represent it in a graph again using Microsoft Excel. Explain why you chose this as the best type of graph to represent the data. C) What comparisons can you make between your survey and the one by Statistics Canada? D) What observations and conclusions can you make by looking at the Statistics Canada chart? Who could be interested in these statistics and for what reason? E) What might be some reasons for Canadians to travel to these countries? Does distance from Canada seem to play a part? F) Is the rank of visits and nights spent the same? What could be some reasons for these differences? G) With your partner, decide who will play what role in the following. You will present your arguments to the rest of the class where they will judge who has the most convincing arguments. i) Your are working for a travel agency. You believe that Canadians should expand their horizons by traveling abroad. How will you encourage people to travel to other countries? Use statistics to help support your argument. You may want to do some research on reasons for traveling outside the country. ii) You are working for tourism Canada and you feel that Canadians are spending too much money in other countries that could be spent at home. How will you encourage people to travel within the country? Use statistics to help support your argument. You may want to do a little bit of research on reasons for traveling within the country.
A copy of the following rubrics will be used to evaluate your work for: your graphs and data table, your observations, conclusions, comparisons, and your arguments:
Conclusion Congratulations! You’ve analyzed and can now see how statistics apply to everyday life as well as how it can be important to different groups. Take the time to research statistics in other areas of interests and think about how they can be important in making decisions.
