Constructing scatter plots
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Exercise Name: Constructing scatter plots
Math Missions: 8th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, High school statistics and probability Math Mission
Types of Problems: 2

The topic Constructing scatter plots appears under the 8th grade (U.S.) Math Mission and High school statistics and probability Math Mission. This exercise helps to understand creating scatter plots.

Types of Problems

There are two types of problems in this exercise:

  1. Make the scatterplot: This problem provides a T-chart of data and asks the user to make a scatterplot from the provided information.

    Make the scatterplot

  2. Determine the axes and scale: This problem provides lists of data and asks the user to recognize which axis is independent vs. independent and how they could correctly label that axis.

    Determine the axes and scale


General knowledge of scatter plots would be advantageous on this exercise, but is not necessarily required.

  1. As long as they don't change things up, the first set of information should be along the horizontal axis and the second piece of information should be along the vertical axis.
  2. Make sure that the axis has been labeled on the low end with a number that is smaller than (but close to) the lowest available value and on the high end with a number that is larger than (but close to) the highest value.
  3. If it asks students to plot the points, they should remember the x-coordinate is first and the y-coordinate is second.

Real-life Applications

  1. Data and statistics appear in news reports and in the media every day.
  2. Many of the problems in this exercise could be viewed as real-life applications.
  3. Statistics can be seen more frequently than calculus in every day life.

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