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Practise drawing and reading information from histograms displaying grouped data

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This is level 3: complete a frequency table with information from a histogram with unequal class intervals. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 4 questions correct and you do this activity online.

The histogram shows the heights of pupils in an after-school club



Height (h) cm Frequency

120 < h ≤ 125

Correct Wrong

125 < h ≤ 135

Correct Wrong

135 < h ≤ 140

Correct Wrong

140 < h ≤ 145

Correct Wrong

145 < h ≤ 160

Correct Wrong

This is Histograms level 3. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 2 Level 4 Level 5


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Ella Chandler, England

Saturday, December 11, 2021

"Level 1 and 2 of the 'Histogram' activity are incorrect, they show and ask questions about bar charts but refer to them as histograms when the y-axis is clearly labelled frequency, not frequency density. This is a shame as I find these activities very useful with my students and am sad to not have an activity I can with them for this topic.

[Transum: Thank you for your feedback Ella. The definitions of a histogram that I have read do not stipulate that the y-axis should represent frequency density unless the groups (bins) are not all the same width.]"

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Description of Levels



Reading Graphs and Charts - Answer real-life problems from different types of graphs and charts including piece-wise linear graphs.

Level 1 - Show the height of one bar in an almost-complete histogram with fixed class intervals

Level 2 - Read information from histograms with fixed class intervals

Level 3 - Complete a frequency table with information from a histogram with unequal class intervals

Level 4 - Complete a frequency table with information from a histogram showing frequency density

Level 5 - General questions about histograms with varying class widths

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Histograms are similar to bar charts but there is one important difference. It is the area of the bars in a histogram that is proportional to the frequency rather than the height.

The first couple of levels of this exercise features histograms with equal class widths which means the heights of the bars can be conveniently used to find the frequency.

Levels 3 onwards contain histograms with unequal class widths so the vertical axis can be thought of as the frequency density.

Frequency = Frequency density × Class Width

Histograms can be used to represent both discrete and continuous data but they are typically used for displaying continuous data.

To draw a histogram, the data first needs to be assigned to a number of different groups (classes or bins). There are various theories concerning how many of these groups there should be but the normal is between five and twenty depending on the amount of data. A number of consecutive groups containing very little data may be merged into a single group.


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