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• Level: GCSE
• Subject: Maths
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# Leaves Project

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Introduction

Mathematics

YEAR 10 – LEAVES PROJECT

Hypotheses:

• As the length increases so will the width.
• The length and width will be greater in 2002 than 2001.
• The spread of the length and width will be great in 2002 than in 2001.
• The length and width of the leaves will follow a normal to almost normal distribution.
• The length of leaf for which 10% of the leaves are longer will be greater in 2002.

From the data gathered on leaves, attached overleaf, I performed statistical techniques to attempt to prove my hypotheses.

Factors Effecting Results:

 Time of year From the data given we cannot be sure if the length and width of the leaves were collected at the same time of year each year.  Leaves collected at the beginning of the year would not yet have finished growing whereas leaves collected towards the end of year (i.e. autumn) would be at their largest. Type of tree We do not know if the data was collected from one specific type of tree or a mixture. Age of tree The age of the tree would affect the results because a younger tree would have smaller leaves whereas a more mature tree would have larger leaves. Weather We do not know if the leaves were collected during drought conditions, this would affect the size of leaf, as a tree would conserve water by not growing such large leaves. Location We do not know if the leaves were collected from the same location both years i.e. in the same wood.  We also do not know if the leaves were collected directly from the tree or picked up from the ground.

The above therefore leaves my results questionable.

Before we can analyse the data gathered on leaves, I have to identify if there are any anomalies.  I have highlighted these in yellow:

 Length (mm) 2001 Width (mm) 2001 Length (mm) 2002 Width (mm) 2002 72 44 45 27 105 56 62 41 61 37 80 47 66 39 82 39 33 11 64 35 62 41 85 40 55 30 76 40 85 47 75 43 74 36 66 32 36 20 64 42 90 55 67 32 13 6 78 45 57 30 70 38 79 43 69 37 65 41 52 26 47 32 64 29 55 31 71 45 55 30 76 44 56 27 79 45 61 34 69 37 55 32 67 39 53 25 77 43 57 32 76 44 55 31 83 47 50 28 83 44 59 35 85 46 72 45 89 45 71 39 87 46 60 38 95 53 66 44 84 48 58 32 85 42 71 38 86 45 67 35 64 38 55 37 87 46 65 41 77 43 80 45 75 39 78 44 71 38 98 50 64 30 85 43 60 26 93 46 82 50 90 42 80 45 31 18 91 52 30 15 84 51 27 14 93 54 44 22 88 51 41 20 95 54 42 22 102 56 90 50 76 40 82 41 79 42 66 34 104 52

I think that these numbers are anomalies because they are either too small or too big to fit in with the consistency of the data.  I am going to discount these numbers from the rest of my work as including them would make my results unreliable or faulty.

Statistical Technique: Averages, Quartiles and Largest and Smallest

Numbers.

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

2001

2001

2002

2002

## Mean

62.57

35.14

76.71

43.28

Median

61.00

36.00

77.00

44.00

LQ

55.00

30.00

69.00

39.00

UQ

72.00

43.00

85.00

46.50

IQR

17.00

13.00

16.00

7.50

Largest

98.00

56.00

102.00

56.00

Smallest

27.00

11.00

45.00

29.00

Middle

The second scatter graph shows a stronger, positive correlation but there are still points being placed about the trendline.  Once again the formula for the trendline shows us that the trendline crosses the y-axis at +33.474mm showing that when the length is 0mm the width is +33.474mm, once again this is impossible.  The gradient of this scatter graph tells us that as the length increases by 1mm the width increases by 0.1278mm.

My first hypothesis was:

As the length increases so will the width.

According to the scatter graphs (shown over the page) this hypothesis has been proved as on both of the scatter graphs, the gradient shows us that as the length increases so does the width.

Statistical Technique: Box Plots.

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

2001

2001

2002

2002

## Mean

62.57

35.14

76.71

43.28

Median

61.00

36.00

77.00

44.00

LQ

55.00

30.00

69.00

39.00

UQ

72.00

43.00

85.00

46.50

IQR

17.00

13.00

16.00

7.50

Largest

98.00

56.00

102.00

56.00

Smallest

27.00

11.00

45.00

29.00

Another way of showing this table is in the form of a “box and whisker” diagram, located overleaf.

My next hypothesis was:

The length and width will be greater in 2002 than 2001.

In order to attempt to prove this hypothesis I am going to look at the mean on the table above and also represent the data above in the form of box plots (shown overleaf).

Conclusion

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 Width Freq. Width < (mm) Cumulative Freq. 20-29 4 29.5 4 30-39 7 39.5 11 40-49 20 49.5 31 50-59 14 59.5 45 60-69 4 69.5 49 Total = 49

Length 2002:

 4 5 5 2 6 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 7 7 9 9 7 0 1 1 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 9 9 8 0 0 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 7 7 8 9 9 1 3 5 5 10 2 4
 Length Freq. Length < (mm) Cumulative Freq. 40-49 1 49.5 1 50-59 1 59.5 2 60-69 12 69.5 14 70-79 14 79.5 28 80-89 16 89.5 44 90-99 4 99.5 48 100-109 2 109.5 50 Total = 50

Width 2002:

 2 6 6 7 9 3 0 2 2 5 7 7 8 8 8 9 9 9 4 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 8 5 0 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 6
 Width Freq. Width < (mm) Cumulative Freq. 20-29 4 29.5 4 30-39 12 39.5 16 40-49 25 49.5 41 50-59 9 59.5 50 Total = 50

N.B. Graphs are not included for width as we are only looking at lengths in 2001 and 2002.

My final hypothesis was:

The length of leaf for which 10% of the leaves are longer will be greater in 2002.

In order to prove this, I have to find out 10% of the totals on both cumulative frequency graphs.

For lengths in 2001, 4.9 and in 2002, 5.

From the two graphs I can tell that the 10th percentile in 2001 is equal to 40 and in 2002 the 10th percentile is equal to 63.

From the above I can say that my hypothesis has been proven.

In conclusion I have proven 4 out of 5 of my hypotheses and disproved the remaining one.

Francesca Tate        10H        Mrs Smith

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