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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 2860

Broadsheet and tabloid newspapers - comparing word length of letters and syllables, Picture spaces, Advertisement spaces, Headline space, Type of adverts that are included in the newspapers.

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GCSE COURSEWORK Number Grid Name: Mohammed Hasnat Candidate number: 8081 Centre number: 14328 Subject: Mathematics Teacher: Mr Turkiewicz Exam: December 2002 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 55 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 Formula Page In my investigation I have been asked to use a specialised formula to work out the 'MEAN' of the data that I will collect during my investigation. The formula that I have been given is: Mean X = ?fx f = Frequency of the data, so my frequency will be the number of letters in each word x = this stands for the total of the frequency n = This stands for the number of observations, such as in case it will 100. What is mode: mode is defined as the most occurring number in a single investigation, and also you can calculate mode as being the top of the votes in an frequency table. There are 2 types of mode; they are modal group or class, which is used to calculate grouped data. What is median: median is defined as the middle value in a single investigation, and also there no such formula or any word equation for solving it. ...read more.

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My fair test will be completed at the end of the investigation. My fair-test will succeed in this investigation because it will keep all the variables the same. My Aim In Brief 1. Word length of letters and syllables in Tabloids and Broadsheets 2. Picture spaces 3. Headline spaces 4. Advertising space 5. Type of adverts that are included in the newspapers 1. Word length of letters and syllables in Tabloids and Broadsheets Broadsheets: in broadsheets newspapers the minimum length of words is 3 letters-per word and maximum of 7-11 letters-per word. The reason for this is that in broadsheets the language average (eg mixture of complicated and simple words). Tabloids: in tabloids newspapers the minimum length of words is 3-4 letters per word and maximum length of words is 7-10. The reason for this is that the reading-age has been affected my research, and the language used are quite similar to broadsheet newspapers. 2. Picture spaces Broadsheets: in broadsheets newspapers total area of the paper is 1815cm because I have used the formulae of 'AREA' which is L x W. I am now going to find the area of an advert in any broadsheets newspapers, which is: 13 x18 cm, now the area of this advert is 234cm which leaves 1815 -234 = 1581cm. Tabloids: In tabloids newspapers the measurements is 27 x 37cm. The total area is 999cm. I am now going to find the area of one particular advert which is featured in tabloids: 15 x 29 = 435cm, so I then do 999 - 435 = 564cm. 3. Headline space Broadsheet: In broadsheet the headlines cover almost of the top section of the newspaper itself because editors use bold, large, eye-catching fonts to attract their reader to buy the paper. ...read more.

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Metro' and 'The Independent on the report on the front page it shows that there is a larger range from The Independent. It has a range of 11 to the range of 9 from 'London Metro'. The median is also a lot higher. 'The Independent' has 6 compared to the 4 of 'The London Metro' (A difference of 2 letters per word). This suggests that 'The Independent' has more letters on average than' London Metro', but this is only from a small section of the paper. The cumulative frequency diagram shows 'The Independent' to have a greater frequency of letters per word. 'London Metro' has more medium size words than The Independent. The graph shows that the 'London Metro' having more constant data. The Independent has a larger mean than 'London Metro' 5.4 compared to 5.2 this is only a small difference and could have been achieved by chance. Constant data. The Independent has a higher and a lower number of letters per word. Conclusion / Evaluation My prediction was accurate. In the conclusion the results suggest that 'The Independent' has more letters per word on average than' London Metro', but this does not mean that this is conclusive. There is only a small sample that has been taken. If there was more time larger, more wider investigations could have been taken. I could have investigated other newspapers. I could also have investigated on the size of photographs or pictures that were in the papers, to see if there was a correlation between the size and number of pictures to the size of the words. If I could have done this investigation I would have: chose less articles, count les words to save time. Appendix 1 ...read more.

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