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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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GCSE Maths: Read All About It

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GCSE Maths: Read All About It I will be writing up a hypothesis comparing the length of words in magazines and newspapers. I also have to design and carry out an investigation to test my hypothesis. I will use both sources to see which one uses more length of words. My results will be shown in various formats i.e. bar charts, tally charts etc. Investigating further I will be looking to see which of the two sources uses greater length in words. My hypothesis My prediction is that the magazine will uses more lengthy wordings then the newspaper.. Extension hypothesis I predict that the magazine will have more words in sentences than the newspaper. I can have various problems when researching the article to choose this is due to the fact that the articles may differ from one another. This usually happens due to the fact that the newspaper will contain the most recent updated information as the magazine may not. The newspaper I have used is called The Sun and the magazine I will be using will be Shoot this is a football magazine. ...read more.

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X 360 0 10 6 /100 X 360 21.6 11 0 /100 X 360 0 12 1 /100 X 360 3.6 Pie Charts Result From the two pie charts you can see that a newspaper has longer words than a magazine because there are larger chunks in the pie for longer words that the magazine. In the magazine article a four-lettered word and two-lettered word is used a lot compared to an eight or ten lettered word. The newspaper uses a ten-lettered word six times whereas the magazine only uses it twice. This proves my hypothesis is correct as I rightly predicted that the newspaper would have longer words than a magazine. I will further prove my hypotheses by drawing cumulative frequency graphs. This table shows the cumulative frequency of the magazine article. Letters Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 2 2 2 18 20 3 18 38 4 32 70 5 9 79 6 8 87 7 2 89 8 3 92 9 6 98 10 2 100 This table shows the cumulative frequency of the newspaper article. Letters Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 6 6 2 10 16 3 19 35 4 25 60 5 9 69 6 9 78 7 10 88 8 5 ...read more.

Conclusion

In the pie charts the newspaper pie chart has larger chunks for the longer words whereas the magazine article has larger chunks for the 2, 3 and 4 letter words. From the evidence I can see that my hypothesis is correct. Conclusion As you can see from the cumulative frequency graphs the median for newspaper article is higher than the magazine. The newspaper averages over 3 letters per word whereas the magazine only averages 3. I conclude that the newspaper has longer words than the magazine article and therefore my hypothesis is correct. Evaluation My results may be biased towards the newspaper because the article from the newspaper had more words overall and therefore there may have been longer words in each sentence. To improve my investigation I could have used a different newspaper and magazine. I could have also used two newspapers and two magazines to give me a wider range of results. I could have also extended my investigation and looked at which article had longer words in each paragraph. I correctly predicted the outcome so therefore my hypothesis was correct. I did not have time for my extension hypothesis but to further improve the investigation I could have looked at what has more words in sentences. Mustafa Yusuf ...read more.

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