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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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I selected two articles from different newspapers - one from a broadsheet (The Daily Telegraph) and another from a tabloid (The Sun). Both articles are on the same topic. I am trying to find out which article, if either, requires a higher reading age

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Maths Comparison Coursework Introduction I selected two articles from different newspapers - one from a broadsheet (The Daily Telegraph) and another from a tabloid (The Sun). Both articles are on the same topic. I am trying to find out which article, if either, requires a higher reading age by working out which tends to use longer words and longer sentences and, using these measures, calculate the FOG reading ages. Hypothesis 1: Word Length Task First, I am going to work out which article tends to use longer words. Plan and Hypothesis I am going to record the number of letters in each of the first 100 words in both articles. I will not count numbers written as figures as words and I will ignore abbreviations like "e.g." and "etc." However, I will count words with a hyphen between them as separate words. I predict that the word lengths will be longer in the broadsheet as it is a larger, more detailed and informative paper aimed at "upper class" people who are considered to be better educated than the generally "lower class" tabloid readers. I will record the results in a tally chart and then transfer them to a comparative bar chart and a cumulative frequency diagram. I will also take the mean of the grouped data and use my results to compare the articles and test my hypothesis. ...read more.

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I will work out the means of the grouped data and then test my hypothesis. Tally Charts Tally Chart: Broadsheet Words Per sentence Tally Total 0 < n ? 5 IIII 4 5 < n ? 10 IIII I 6 10 < n ? 15 IIII 4 15 < n ? 20 IIII 4 20 < n ? 25 IIII 5 25 < n ? 30 II 2 30 < n ? 35 IIII 4 35 < n ? 40 III 3 40 < n ? 45 II 2 45 < n ? 50 I 1 Tally Chart: Tabloid Words per sentence Tally Total 0 < n ? 5 IIII 5 5 < n ? 10 IIII III 8 10 < n ? 15 IIII I 6 15 < n ? 20 IIII II 7 20 < n ? 25 III 3 25 < n ? 30 II 2 30 < n ? 35 II 2 35 < n ? 40 I 1 40 < n ?45 I 1 0 < n ? 5 0 Cumulative Frequency I am going to construct a cumulative frequency graph for both articles and box plots that will correspond with them. First, I will work out the cumulative frequency in these tables. Frequency and Cumulative Frequency: Broadsheet No of Words Per Sentence Frequency % Cumulative Frequency % 0 < n ? ...read more.

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Plan and Hypothesis I will count the first 10 sentences in each article, count how many 3 or more syllable words there are, multiply thist by three, find the square root and round it to the nearest whole number. I predict that the broadsheet paper will have a higher reading age than the tabloid as it is a more detailed paper aimed at the upper class that tend to be better educated. Broadsheet = reading age of 16 Tabloid = reading age of 16 Conclusion I was surprised at this result as I had already found out that the broadsheet tended to use longer words and sentences so I expected it to have a higher reading age. Conclusion I compared two articles on the same subject from a broadsheet newspaper and a tabloid to find out which one required a higher reading age. I did this by working out which one used longer words and longer sentences. I then, used these measures to calculate the reading age using FOG's Reading Age Test. The broadsheet had more long words and more long sentences. However, the FOG scores were similar. I think overall the broadsheet has a higher reading age because although it was equal to the tabloid in FOG's test it has longer words and sentences so is therefore harder to read. Franklin Barr Maths Coursework June 2004 1 ...read more.

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