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Olympic Graphing - Handouts

Olympic Graphing - Handouts

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Teacher Handouts for the Olympic Graphing Project at the Calgary Science School
Teacher Handouts for the Olympic Graphing Project at the Calgary Science School

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Data Analysis: Which Medal Method is best?
In order to help you determine the most fair and accurate waysto represent data, we will do a short comparison of differentdata display methods.
Part A (Individual):
Using the data below, calculate the total number of medals,the total medal points (G=3, S=2, B=1),the per capita medalcount, and medals per athlete for the listed countries in the2006 Winter Olympics. Be sure to show any necessarycalculations in the boxes below. Where necessary, round to thenearest Thousandth.
Country 2006PopulationGold Silver Bronze Number ofAthletesGermany
11 12 6 164
9 9 7 211
2 8 9 81
3 0 0 26
7 10 7 196
7 2 5 112
~population data obtained from various sources
Work for total medals:Work for Medal Points:
Work for Medals per million people:
Country TotalMedalsMedalPointsApproximateMedals per millionpeopleMedals perAthlete
~Based on the data, which country do you think was the best? Why?~What would be the most fair and accurate way to display the data-medal total, medal points, medals per capita (or million people)? Why?
Part B (team): Displaying your Country’s Results
Your country is participating in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.Luckily, you have been selected to go to the Olympics to report on your country's standings.
As a team of reporters for your country, you must display your country'smedal achievement
in relation to other countries at the Olympics.Some considerations:
-You will ultimately choose two graphs to represent the information aboutyour country’s performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics.-One graph will show the data in the most accurate way possible. Thisgraph will be displayed in Olympic Village.-The second graph will show your data in a very biased way. This graphwill be displayed in all the newspapers in your country to show howawesome your country did at the Olympics!!!-What will you display? (Medals, Medal points, per capita medals, medalsper athlete, etc)-Which other countries will you compare your data to?
-Make 5 Graphs (bar, line, circle, others?). Choose 2 torepresent your data (one to show in your country and one todisplay in 'Olympic Village').-Discuss the limitations and strengths of each graph.
-Peer review groups will critique your choices for datarepresentation, giving the original group the opportunity tochange/discard before each graph hits the "printing press".

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