AP Statistics Curriculum 2007 EDA Shape

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General Advance-Placement (AP) Statistics Curriculum - Measures of Shape

Definitions

  • A distribution is unimodal if it has one mode. Unimodal distributions include:
    • Bell shaped distributions (symmetric, Normal)
    • Skewed right
    • Skewed Left
  • Multimodal distributions have two or more than one modes. Examples of multimodal distributions are:

Examples

What seems like a logical choice for the shape of the hot dog calorie data? Try looking at the histogram of the calories for the Hot-dogs dataset.

Activities

Collect data, draw the sample histogram or dot-plot and classify the shape of the distribution accordingly. Also, if unimodal, classify symmetry (symmetric, skewed right or skewed left).

  • Data collected on height of randomly sampled college students.
  • Data collected on height of randomly sampled female college students.
  • The salaries of all persons employed by a large university.
  • The amount of time spent by students on a difficult exam.
  • The grade distribution on a difficult exam.

Model Validation

Checking/affirming underlying assumptions.

  • TBD

Computational Resources: Internet-based SOCR Tools

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Examples

Computer simulations and real observed data.

  • TBD

Hands-on activities

Step-by-step practice problems.

  • TBD

References

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