• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10
  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 1428

maths coursework

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Maths Coursework

Read All About It

Anthony Williams

15/01/08

Suresh is comparing magazines and newspapers. He chooses a passage from one newspaper and one from a 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.

Aim

My aim is to establish whether the words in a magazine are actually shorter than the words in a newspaper by comparing and contrasting the two; by applying as many statistical comparatives as possible.

Hypothesis

My hypothesis is that the words in both newspapers and magazines depend on the readers, target market, that the article is pitched at and the amount of sophisticated language within the text. Comparatives include tabloids and broad street publications. However I think that magazines in general

...read more.

Middle

100

389

Values in ascending order: 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 15, 20, 27,

Mean: 100 divided by 10 = 10

Mode: 3

Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion.

Median: 8.5

Range: 26

Article 3: Sex pest to pay victim. Daily Express, P32, 10/01/08.

Number of letters

Tally

Frequency

No x Freq

1

llll lll

8

8

2

llll llll l

11

22

3

llll llll llll llll lll

23

69

4

llll llll

9

36

5

llll llll ll

12

60

6

llll llll llll

14

84

7

llll llll llll

14

98

8

lll

3

24

9

lll

3

27

10

ll

2

20

11

12

l

1

12

13

14

TOTAL

100

460

Values in ascending order: 1, 2, 3, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 14, 12

Mean: 100 divided by 11 = 9.09

Mode: 3

Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion.

Median: 9

Range: 22

Article 4: Pinned down and psychotic, junkie Britney at rock bottom, Sun ,09,01/08.

Number of letters

Tally

Frequency

No x Freq

1

llll

4

4

2

llll llll llll

15

30

3

llll llll llll llll l

21

63

4

llll llll llll l

16

64

5

llll llll

9

45

6

llll llll lll  

13

78

7

llll llll

9

63

8

lll

4

32

9

llll ll

7

63

10

l

1

10

11

12

l

1

12

13

14

TOTAL

100

464

Values in ascending order: 1, 1, 4, 4, 7, 9, 9, 13, 15, 16, 21

Mean: 100 divided by 11 = 9.09

Mode: 3

Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion.

Median: 9

Range: 20

...read more.

Conclusion

Median: 4

Range: 22

Article 6: MG’s Return, Auto trader, P,17, Vol 7.

Number of letters

Tally

Frequency

No x Freq

1

llll llll llll l

16

32

2

llll llll llll llll ll

22

66

3

llll llll ll

12

48

4

llll llll lll

13

65

5

llll lll

8

48

6

llll llll llll

15

105

7

ll

2

16

8

llll

5

45

9

llll

4

40

10

ll

2

22

11

l

1

12

12

13

14

TOTAL

100

499

Values in ascending order: 1, 2, 2, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 22

Mean: 100 divided by 11 = 9.09

Mode: 2

Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion.

Median: 8

Range: 21

Results Chart

Article 1 New

Article 2 Mag

Article 3 New

Article 4 New

Article

5 Mag

Article 6 Mag

Mean

10

10

9.09

9.09

9.09

9.09

Mode

3

3

3

3

3

2

Median

8

8.5

9

9

4

8

Range

30

26

22

20

22

21

image00.png

Conclusion:

I have noticed that both the newspaper and magazine have similar results. The length of words are more commonly grouped between 3-7 letters, however not in line with the mean.  Magazines have a lower mode and more frequency in lower letter word. It was a strong probability that magazines would have shorter words, therefore, Suresh’s hypothesis and min own stand correct on the basis of this experiment.  Magazines have shorter words than newspapers.

Bibliography

Smith Ewart

Examples in Mathematics for GCSE

Int Tier

3rd Edition

1988

London

Stanley Thornes (Publisher) Ltd

Morton K and James S et al.

GCSE Maths Intermediate

Key Stage 4

1994

Avon

Business Education Publishers

...read more.

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparing length of words in newspapers section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparing length of words in newspapers essays

  1. Assesment of Reading Difficulties in Patient AM Following the Development of Vascular Dementia.

    he scores 80/80 on the image ability and frequency reading task and 37/40 on the spelling task. Both scores are above average for a normal control. Scores on letter length reading and spelling tasks are slightly below a normal average by 1 mark which would suggest letter length of a

  2. Maths Statistics Coursework

    Summary Each article on its own does not give a final result because it is only a small sample. To get a more accurate picture of what word lengths the articles use I decided to total the individual results and create the graph shown on the following page.

  1. Maths Statistical Coursework

    Hypothesis My second hypothesis, which will focus upon style rather than content, is: A broadsheet newspaper will be more difficult to read than a tabloid paper. Method of data collection For this hypothesis, I have decided to collect data that reveals the amount of syllables per word in articles in

  2. GCSE Statistics Coursework

    Article Categories Daily Mirror Degrees Sport 38 48.86� Crime 21 27.00� Politics 8 10.29� Celebrity 23 29.57� Advert 138 177.43� Weather 0 0.00� Health 6 7.71� Entertainment 23 29.57� Fashion 0 0.00� Art 1 1.29� Social/Lifestyle events 6 7.71� Finance 7 9.00� Opinions 9 11.57� Total 280 360� I worked

  1. Statistically comparing books

    I have unequal sized groups of data. This will enable me to draw a Histogram. I will draw a box plot so I will also be able to see the Upper and Lower Quartiles and therefore see the Inter-quartile range.

  2. Read all about it coursework

    5 3 2 10 7 4 12 4 2 3 3 5 I have highlighted the numbers with different colours for ease of counting. Now I am going to classify data in a tally chart. No of letters in a word Tally Frequency 1 II 2 2 IIII IIII IIII

  1. Maths Coursework

    Newspapers printed on the 13/02/07 Name of Paper Type of Paper Amount of Space devoted to headline on front page (cm�) % of page as a whole The Daily Telegraph Broadsheet 96 4.32 The Sun Tabloid 361 32.5 The Times Broadsheet 121 10.9 Metro Tabloid 248 22.3 Table showing average

  2. Maths Coursework

    The calculator will be used as mentioned above to find completely random sentences. The sentence length will be recorded by using a tally chart. The average sentence length for each paper will then be found. Next, for the final survey a stratified sample will be done on all three papers

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work