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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Essay length: 1258 words

Comparing word lengths of newspapers and magazines.

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Read All About It MATHEMATICS COURSEWORK Suresh is comparing magazines and newspapers. He chooses a passage from one newspaper and one magazine. They each contain 100 words and he counts the length of all the words. Suresh then says that the magazine has the shortest words. Write a hypothesis about the length of words in newspapers and magazines. Design and carry out an investigation to test your hypothesis. Investigate further. Read All About It Aim My aim is to find out whether the words in magazines are shorter or longer than the words in newspapers by comparing the two. I will sample two articles from both a newspaper and a magazine, analysing the length of words, to collect data for graphical representation. Hypothesis My hypothesis is that the length of words in articles for magazines will be shorter than the length of words printed in newspapers. I have decided not to use a tabloid newspaper but a broadsheet newspaper because tabloid papers usually contain similar articles to magazines and the data will be affected. The Broadsheet newspaper that I have decided to use is "The Times" and the magazine I am going to use is called "New!"


4) Plot the length of words (x - axis) against the total no. of times it occurs in an article for both newspaper and magazine data in a line graph. 5) Using line graphs and box plot graphs compare the data and evaluate the results. Fig 1 Newspaper- The Times Article- Patrick Barkham meets the "friendly fire" victims LENGTH OF WORD. (NO. OF LETTERS) FREQUENCY TOTAL 1 III 3 2 IIII IIII IIII 15 3 IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII 25 4 IIII IIII IIII 15 5 IIII IIII I 11 6 IIII II 7 7 IIII I 6 8 IIII IIII I 11 9 IIII 4 10 II 2 11 I 1 12 - 0 13 - 0 14 - 0 TOTAL = 100 WORDS Magazine- New! Article- Fitness-mad Geri mouths off TOTAL = 100 WORDS LENGTH OF WORD. (NO. OF LETTERS) FREQUENCY TOTAL 1 III 3 2 IIII IIII I 11 3 IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII I 26 4 IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII 25 5 IIII III 8 6 IIII IIII 9 7 IIII IIII I 11 8 IIII 5 9 I 1 10 I 1 11 - 0 12 - 0 13 - 0 14 - 0 I have created two tables with sufficient data needed to create two cumulative frequency graphs as you can see on the following pages.


The box plots A and B are very similar due to the results being small in difference. Because the two sets of data were almost identical, the box-plots were irrelevant. Conclusion I had predicted a large difference between the number of letters in a newspaper and magazine but was clearly mistaken. This is because broadsheets do not contain words as hard and long as they used to a long time ago. The language that the Times or any other broadsheet paper is using in the present day is much easier than the language used originally when the papers first started to circulate. Generally broadsheets have become easier to read because the Newspaper companies are aiming for a wider group of readers. Broadsheets now contain easier and shorter words for more people to understand and one may argue that they have lost their reputation because of this but in actual fact the same amount of information is still there. There is a difference in the length of words in my data but it was not the large difference that I expected. The length of words in the magazine remained almost the same as the length of words in the broadsheet newspaper. The investigation produced similar results which rejected my hypothesis. This is because of the reasons mentioned earlier. ?? ?? ?? ??

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