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Problems adapted from questions set for previous Mathematics exams.

1.

GCSE Higher

Ben measured the length and the width of each of 10 sea shells of the same type. The results are shown below.

(a) Construct a scatter graph with this data.

Shells

Sea Shell Dimensions
Length(cm) Width(cm)
7.3 2.7
9.7 3.2
7.5 2.6
6.1 2.9
9.0 2.9
8.7 3.0
7.5 2.5
10.3 3.5
9.5 3.3

The point representing the results for one of the shells is an outlier.

(b) Explain how the results for this shell differ from the results for the other shells.


2.

GCSE Higher

The number of visitors to a cycle track and the number of drinks sold by a café at the location are recorded in the table below.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Numver of visitors 32 45 39 43 58 84 65
Drinks sold 17 20 23 7 24 49 38

The data is shown in the following scatter diagram:

Scatter Diagram

(a) Add Sunday's data to the scatter diagram.

(b) Draw, by eye, a line of best fit on the scatter diagram.

(c) Describe the relationship between the number of visitors and the number of drinks sold.

(d) Which particular day does not fit the relationship?

(e) If one day there were 50 visitors, estimate how many drinks would be sold.


3.

GCSE Higher

The scatter graph shows the maximum temperature (oC) and the number of bowls of soup sold at a sandwich shop on twelve randomly selected days last year.

Scatter Graph

(a) One of the points is an outlier. What temperature does this outlier represent.

(b) For all the other points write down the type of correlation.

(c) On another day of the year, the temperature was 20oC. Estimate the number of bowls of soup sold on that day.

(d) The shop owner says "We sell more bowls of soup the higher the temperature". Does the scatter graph support this statement? Give a reason for your answer.


4.

GCSE Higher

The scatter graph gives information about the marks earned in a Statistic exam and a Mathematics exam by each of 13 students.

Scatter Graph

The box plot for the Mathematics exam for the 13 students is drawn on the grid below.

Box and Whisker

(a) Draw the box plot for the Statistics exam.

(b) Compare the distributions of marks scored in the two exams.


5.

IB Studies

In a survey of insect life near a stream, a student collected data about the number of different insect species \((y)\) that were found at different distances \((x)\) in metres from the stream.

Distance \((x)\) 2 5 8 11 14 17 22 33 39
Insect species \((y)\) 26 25 19 19 14 9 5 3 2

(a) Draw a scatter diagram to show the data.

(b) Using your scatter diagram, describe the correlation between the number of different insect species and the distance from the stream.

(c) Find \(\bar x\), the mean of the distances from the stream;

(d) Find \(\bar y\), the mean number of insect species.

(e) Plot the point \((\bar x,\bar y)\) on your scatter diagram. Label this point M.

(f) Write down the equation of the regression line \(y\) on \(x\) for the above data.

(g) Draw the regression line \(y\) on \(x\) on your scatter diagram.

(h) Estimate the number of insect species to be found 30 metres from the stream.


6.

IB Studies

The table below shows the scores for 12 students on two Mathematic exam papers. For the first paper calculators were allowed and for the second paper they were not.

Paper 1 (\(x\))747365756872697183686873
Paper 2 (\(y\))758369777177687684697175

(a) Write down the mean score on Paper 1.

(b) Write down the standard deviation of the scores for Paper 1.

(c) Find the number of students that had a score of more than one standard deviation below the mean on Paper 1.

(d) Write down the correlation coefficient, \(r\).

(e) Write down the equation of the regression line of \(y\) on \(x\).

Another student scored 75 on Paper 1.

(f) Calculate an estimate of his score on Paper 2

Another student scored 88 on Paper 1.

(g) Determine whether you can use the equation of the regression line to estimate his score on Paper 2. Give a reason for your answer.


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