Each year students in Glynese McNabb’s Math Models class at North Lamar High School study graphs learning which diagram or chart best represents a certain set of data. This year McNabb’s seventh period class came up with a set of survey questions that were then narrowed down to five. Six hundred thirty-one students were asked the same set of questions then divided into a ‘Boy’ or and ‘Girl’ category.
The multiple choice questions included: What is your favorite type of food - Chinese, Mexican American or Italian?; Where would you rather be - outside or inside?; What is your favorite holiday - Christmas, Halloween, Valentines and Easter?; What is your favorite type of candy - chocolate, sour, hard or sticky?; and What is your favorite season - spring, winter, fall or summer.
The results of the questions were tallied and organized into two different computer generated graphs or charts the students deemed appropriate for the type of data collected. Each student was then given one graph to draw to scale on poster size graph paper adequate for viewing in the high school halls.
The outcome of the project showed the students ability to collect, organize, and represent data. They were able to compare different representations of the data then choose the one that showed the most important aspects of the data. Lastly, they were able to take the computer generated graphs and enlarge them to scale for others to view.