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Practise drawing and reading information from histograms displaying grouped data

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This is level 5: general questions about histograms with varying class widths. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 6 questions correct and you do this activity online.

The histogram above shows the time taken to comute to work for the employees of a large company.

1. How many people take between 35 and 45 minutes to get to work?

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2. How many people take less than 20 minutes to get to work?

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3. What is the frequency of the modal class?

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4. Fifty people from another town join the company. It takes them between 60 and 70 minutes to comute. An extra bar is added to the histogram above. What frequency density will the height of this bar represent?

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The histogram above was constructed from the data collected about the number of people per house in a rural village. As the data is discrete you will notice that, for example, the class boundaries for two people living in a house are 1.5 and 2.5. The number of houses with three occupants is 20.

5. How many houses have five or six occupants?

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6. What is the frequency of the modal class?

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7. What is the total number of houses in the village?

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8. What percent of houses have only one occupant? Give your answer to the nearest whole number.

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


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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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