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7.7: Bar Graphs

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Bar Graphs 

The different types of graphs that you have seen so far are plots to use with quantitative variables. A qualitative variable can be plotted using a bar graph. A bar graph is a plot made of bars whose heights (vertical bars) or lengths (horizontal bars) represent the frequencies of each category. There is 1 bar for each category, with space between each bar, and the data that is plotted is discrete data. Each category is represented by intervals of the same width. When constructing a bar graph, the category is usually placed on the horizontal axis, and the frequency is usually placed on the vertical axis. These values can be reversed if the bar graph has horizontal bars. If bar graphs are constructed on grid paper, it is very easy to keep the intervals the same size and to keep the bars evenly spaced. In addition to helping in the appearance of the graph, grid paper also enables you to more accurately determine the frequency of each class.

Constructing Bar Graphs 

Construct a bar graph to represent the depth of the Great Lakes:

Lake Superior – 1,333 ft.

Lake Michigan – 923 ft.

Lake Huron – 750 ft.

Lake Ontario – 802 ft.

Lake Erie – 210 ft.

The bar graph would appear as follows:

Constructing Frequency Distributions and Bar Graphs 

A questionnaire on the makes of people's vehicles showed the following responses from 30 participants. Construct a frequency distribution and a bar graph to represent the

data.

(F = Ford, H = Honda, V = Volkswagen, M = Mazda)

FMMMVMFMFVHHFVFHHFMMVHMVVFVHMF

The frequency distribution and bar graph can be constructed as follows:

Make of Car Number of Cars
Ford 8
Honda 6
Volkswagen 7
Mazda 9

Interpreting Bar Graphs 

The following bar graph represents the results of a survey to determine the type of TV shows watched by high school students:

Use the bar graph to answer the following questions:

a. What type of show is watched the most?

Sit-coms are watched the most

b. What type of show is watched the least?

Quiz shows are watched the least.

c. Approximately how many students participated in the survey?

Approximately 45+20+18+6+35+16=140 students participated in the survey.

d. Does the graph show the differences between the preferences of males and females?

No, the graph does not show the differences between the preferences of males and females.

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Examples

The following bar graph represents the part-time jobs held by a group of grade 10 students:

Example 1

What was the most popular part-time job?

The most popular part-time job was in the fast food industry.

Example 2

What was the part-time job held by the least number of students?

The part-time job of tutoring was the one held by the least number of students.

Example 3

Which part-time jobs employed 10 or more of the students?

The part-time jobs that employed 10 or more students were in the fast food, delivery, lawn maintenance, and grocery store businesses.

Example 4

Is it possible to create a table of values for the bar graph? If so, construct the table of values>

Yes, it's possible to create a table of values for the bar graph.

Part-Time Job Baby Sitting Fast Food Delivery Lawn Care Grocery Store Tutoring
Number of Students 8 14 12 10 13 5

e. The percentage of the students who worked as a delivery person was approximately 19.4%.

Review 

The bar graph below represents the amount of money that 7 people have in the bank. Use the bar graph to answer the following questions:

  1. Who has the most money in the bank?
  2. Who has the least money in the bank?
  3. How many of the above people have less than $800 in the bank?

The bar graph below represents the results of a survey in which tourists were asked which country they would most like to visit. Use the bar graph of answer the following questions:

  1. Which country would the tourists most like to visit?
  2. Which country would the tourists least like to visit?
  3. How many countries were the most desired destination for more than 25 tourists?

The bar graph below represents the results of a survey in which students were asked their favorite superhero. Use the bar graph to answer the following questions:

  1. Who was the most popular superhero?
  2. Who was the least popular superhero?
  3. How many students had a favorite superhero of Wonder Woman?
  4. What percentage of the students had a favorite superhero of Wonder Woman?

Review (Answers)

To view the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 7.7. 

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