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Jack Thogersen 8-4 M LAB

My Bag of M&Ms
My Bag of M&Ms
Group 7
Created by Claire Frank and Jack Thogersen
Color Number 6 6
Red 6 7
Orange 14 14
Yellow 5
Green 18 18 5
Blue 7
Brown 6
Total 56 Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Brown
Whole Class Comparison
Group 7
Created By: Claire Frank and Jack Thogersen
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Brown Total
Group 1 17 9 2 16 7 4 55
Group 2 8 16 5 13 10 4 56
Group 3 10 16 7 9 7 4 53
Group 4 6 11 4 15 11 6 53
Group 5 8 12 6 15 8 6 55
Group 6 13 8 8 13 11 4 57
Group 7 6 14 5 18 7 6 56
Group 8 7 18 6 10 5 5 51
Group 9 5 10 6 15 11 7 54
Class Total 80 114 49 124 77 46 490
Percent 16% 23% 10% 25% 16% 9% 100%
Mean 8.9 12.7 5.4 13.8 8.6 5.1 54.4
Median 8 12 6 15 8 5 55
Mode 8 16 6 15 7 4 55

8-4 Data M&M Bags
Number of M&Ms

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
Group Number

Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Brown
In this project, we Claire and Jack, as partners, had to get and open
a bag of M&Ms. After that, we were assigned to sort out and count the different
M&M colors. Each partner had to create a chart and graph to show our results.
Both of us had different sheets to follow. Also, we had to copy down our entire
class’ results as well down into a sheet on Excel. This project was quite fun
actually. In this project, we learned how to use Excel better and become more
efficient while using it. Also, we got a small taste of what we might be using Excel
for in the future.
To sort and count out the M&Ms, we just separated them by their
colors and counted them, not much strategy was used. In our bag, we had a pretty
even amount of the colors. However, our green and orange colors were quite a bit
more than the others. Other than that, the other colors’ amounts were mostly even.
Our group had one of the highest numbers of total M&Ms, the second highest
number to be exact. As far as color goes, we had lower reds than most groups did
(6), about what the others had for orange (14), yellow (5), and brown (6), one of
the highest for green (18), and one of the lowest for blue (7). Overall, we ended up
with a total of 56 M&Ms, around what the other groups did as well.
Each type of chart has a place where it belongs best. When trying to
compare parts of a whole, a pie chart is best. When trying to compare different
groups, a bar graph is best. However, when you’re trying to see a trend, or a
change over time, a line graph is best. A scatter plot works best to show
relationships between sets of values. To show or compare a quantitative
progression over time, use an area chart. There are many different chart types.
The ones above are only a few. For this project, we used pie charts because we
wanted to compare the number of each color of M&Ms to one another from the
whole bag. If we were to use multiple bags per each group in this experiment, out
information might even be more accurate. Which, would give the project more
value. In calculating the data of the bags, we can gain more information about how
even the colors of M&Ms are sorted into each bag. In comparison to other projects
or other times looking at data,
Finally, in our opinion, the M&M workers/ company, distributes the
colors of M&Ms and the number of M&Ms evenly for the most part. However, there
were a few of the results that could have been more even. We came to a
conclusion that the M&Ms are sorted by a machine, to ensure similar colors and
numbers of M&Ms in each bag. Well, either that or people are hired to do just that,
but that seems very time consuming. In conclusion, we enjoyed this project
because we got to learn more about M&Ms and their sorting, and we got to eat our
M&Ms after collecting the data.