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Problems adapted from questions set for previous Mathematics exams.


GCSE Higher

The table shows information about the heights of 85 stalagmites.

Height (\(h\) cm) Frequency
\(10\lt h \le 15\)9
\(15\lt h \le 20\)13
\(20\lt h \le 25\)18
\(25\lt h \le 30\)22
\(30\lt h \le 35\)15
\(35\lt h \le 40\)8

(a) Find the class interval that contains the median.

(b) On the grid below, draw a frequency polygon for the information in the table.

Graph Paper


GCSE Higher

The following table shows the time taken by fifty people to answer their emails one day.

Time, t minutes Number of people
0 < t ≤ 10 5
10 < t ≤ 20 12
20 < t ≤ 30 13
30 < t ≤ 40 15
40 < t ≤ 50 5

(a) In which class interval is the median?

(b) How many people took more than 20 minutes?

(c) What is the modal class interval?

(d) Find an estimate for the mean time taken showing all of your working.


GCSE Higher

The table shows the amount of time, in months, taken to sell houses on the Happyland housing estate.

Time (m months) Frequency
0 < m ≤ 2 10
2 < m ≤ 5 21
5 < m ≤ 10 25
10 < m ≤ 15 20
15 < m ≤ 20 25

(a) Draw a histogram for the information in the table.

(b) Find an estimate for the median.


IB Studies

The times taken in seconds by a group of students to complete an online exercise are listed as follows.

$$31, 34, 41, 33, 29, 31, 39, 35, 30, 40.$$

(a) Find the median time.

(b) Calculate the interquartile range.

(c) Find the probability that a student chosen at random from the group took at least 35 seconds to completed the exercise.


IB Standard

The personal trainer collected data from a randomly selected sample of days. From this he found that the number glasses of water he drank in a day had a mean of 4.35.


(a) Find the number of days represented by \(x\)

(b) Write down the standard deviation.


IB Studies
Cumulative Frequency Graph

This cumulative frequency graph shows the speeds in kmh-1 of cyclists passing a certain point on a race track.

(a) Estimate the minimum possible speed of one of these cyclists.

(b) Find the median speed of the cyclists.

(c) Write down the 65th percentile.

(d) Calculate the interquartile range.

(e) Find the number of these cyclists that were travelling faster than 22 kmh-1

The table shows the speeds of these cyclists.

Speed of Cyclists (s)Number of Cyclists
\(0 \lt s \le 5\)0
\(5 \lt s \le 10\)\(a\)
\(10 \lt s \le 15\)8
\(15 \lt s \le 20\)20
\(20 \lt s \le 25\)16
\(25 \lt s \le 30\)5
\(30 \lt s \le 35\)\(b\)

(f) Find the value of \(a\) and of \(b\)

(g) Write down the modal class.

(h) Write down the mid-interval value for the modal class.

(i) Use your graphic display calculator to calculate an estimate of the mean speed of these cyclists.

(j) Use your graphic display calculator to calculate an estimate of the standard deviation of the speeds of these cyclists.


IB Standard

A data set has \(n\) items. The sum of the items is 650, the mean is 13 and the standard deviation is 5.

(a) Find n.

If each value in the set is multiplied by 7:

(b) Write down the value of the new mean;

(c) Find the value of the new variance.

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