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Using Bar Graphs to Display Movie Survey Data

Topic

Using Bar Graphs to Display Movie Survey Data

Vocabulary

  • Bar Graph
  • Mean
  • Median
  • Mode
  • Frequency Distribution
  • Right-skewed
  • Left-skewed
  • Symmetric

Student Exploration

How can you survey your friends and classmates of their favorite movies and display that data in a bar graph?

Photo of Actors Tom Hanks, Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin and Tommy Lee Jones holding their Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1994.

The Academy Awards is an award show and ceremony decided to recognizing excellence in the movie industry. Awards are given to the actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and many other people that play a role in making films excellent. The Academy Awards are also referred to as the Oscars, see the article at the following link for a history of why http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/about/awards/oscar.html.

1. In the most recent Academy Awards what was the mode for movie nominations? And for which film?

Use the following website to answer these questions. http://oscar.go.com/

2. In the most recent Academy Awards what was the mean for movie nominations? And for which film?
3. In the most recent Academy Awards what was the median for movie nominations? And for which film?

The Academy Awards is one awards ceremony that determines excellence in the movie industry. If you were to survey your friends and/or classmates about their favorite films, how would you do it? Brainstorm effective methods. Then describe your method for collecting this data and then conduct your survey. Then...

4. Create a Bar Graph to represent the data that you collected. Then upload it and share it with other CK-12 users!
5. Describe the distribution of your data as displayed in your Bar Graph. Is it left-skewed or right-skewed? Or is it symmetric? Explain and give evidence.
6. How do the results of your survey of your friends compare with the data from the Academy Awards? Were there any similarities?

Extension Investigation

Calculate the following measures of central tendency for the data that you collected.

  1. Calculate the mode of the data you collected.
  2. Calculate the median of the data you collected.
  3. Calculate the mean of the data you collected.
  4. What is the range of your data?
  5. Which measure of central tendency provided the most useful information? Explain why.

Resources Cited

http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/about/awards/oscar.html

http://oscar.go.com/

Connections to other CK-12 Subject Areas

  • Surveys and Samples
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  • Mean
  • Median

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