• 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
  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 1439

'Read All About It'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

GCSE Mathematics 'Read All About It' Introduction In this coursework I will compare, two articles from two different newspapers and then draw some conclusions form the results. The two articles I intend to compare relate to the recent event concerning, Mr Blunkett. One is from the Manchester Evening News (tabloid), and the other is The Sun (broadsheet). I chose this story because it was one of the hottest topics on the newspapers at the moment. I will be comparing word lengths, using 100 words from each article. People tend to think that tabloids are easier to read and express things in much simpler terms than broadsheets. This observation then leads me to the following hypothesis: Hypothesis: The tabloid (M.E.N) will contain shorter words than the broadsheet (The Sun) Pre-Test To prevent any problems from occurring during my experiment, I am going to do a pre-test that will involve me counting the lengths of 50 words from the Burnley Express, that is nothing to do with my experiment later on. Pre-Test Results Word Length Tally Total 1 5 2 10 3 6 4 7 5 9 6 4 7 4 8 1 9 1 10 1 11 1 12 0 13 1 During the pre-test many problems occurred, and these will need to be accounted for before I begin my experiment. ...read more.

Middle

16 18 18/665 x100 = 2.7067 ~ 3 18 17 47 47/665 x100 = 7.0676 ~ 7 " 6* 20 18 23 23/665 x100 = 3.4586 ~ 3 14 19 17 17/665 x100 = 2.5563 ~ 3 17 20 35 35/665 x100 = 5.2631 ~ 5 16 21 18 18/665 x100 = 2.7067 ~ 3 3 22 21 21/665 x100 = 3.1578 ~ 3 21 23 20 20/665 x100 = 3.0075 ~ 3 6 24 16 16/665 x100 = 2.4060 ~ 2 14 25 29 29/665 x100 = 4.3609 ~ 4 22 26 38 38/665 x100 = 5.7142 ~ 6 35 Totals 665 * The original total of numbers is 101. So one number must be rounded down. Results Tables - Manchester Evening News Word Length (X) Frequency (�) FX (�x) 1 2 2 2 15 30 3 18 54 4 20 80 5 12 60 6 8 48 7 11 77 8 5 40 9 6 54 10 1 10 11 0 0 12 1 12 13 0 0 14 0 0 15 1 15 Totals 100 482 Calculations * Mean = 482/100 = 4.82 letters * Median = 100+1/2 = 101/2 = 50.5 * Mode = 4 letters * Range = 15-1 = 14 letters * Median Value = 5 Result Tables - The Sun Word Length (X) ...read more.

Conclusion

Manchester Evening News Word Length (X) Frequency (f) F x X X� F x X� 1 2 2 1 2 2 15 30 4 60 3 18 54 9 162 4 20 80 16 320 5 12 60 25 300 6 8 48 36 288 7 11 77 49 539 8 5 40 64 320 9 6 54 81 486 10 1 10 100 100 11 0 0 121 0 12 1 12 144 144 13 0 0 169 0 14 0 0 196 0 15 1 15 225 225 Totals 100 482 2946 /x = 482/100=4.82 letters s� = 2946/100-(4.82)�=6.2276 = V6.2276 = 2.50 (2 dp) s = 2.50 letters (rounded to 2 dp) The Sun Word Length (x) Frequency (f) F x X X� F x X� 1 3 3 1 3 2 19 38 4 76 3 28 84 9 252 4 23 92 16 368 5 8 40 25 200 6 5 30 36 180 7 4 28 49 196 8 3 24 64 192 9 6 54 81 486 10 0 0 100 0 11 1 11 121 121 Totals 100 404 2074 /x = 4/100=4.04 letters s� = 2074/100-(4.04)�=4.4184 = V4.4184 = 2.10 (2 dp) s = 2.10 letters (rounded to 2 dp) Again these calculations show that the M.E.N has a larger measure of spread about the mean. Conclusions At the moment my hypothesis isn't holding strong. So far the experiments that have taken place have shown that the tabloid uses longer words. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

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. Consumer responses to wine bottle back labels

    Wynns B8 McWilliams C9 A4 Hilary Coonawarra B9 Barwang D1 A5 Padthaway Estate C1 Shiraz 1995 D2 1997 Chardonnay C2 Description 6 B7 Description 1 1997 Description 2 A7 A8 Lindemans Orlando St. C3 Hardys C9 A9 Bin 65 1998 Hilary C4 Insignia D1 B1 Description 1 Padthaway C2 Cabernet

  2. Statistically comparing books

    and I will my calculator to find R. The hypothesis I have used for this graph is that there will be a very strong positive correlation for both books. This means as 1 of the variables increases so does the other. I think this because the longer the sentences are usually there is more longer words as there

  1. "Tabloids are easier to read than broadsheets"

    Pre Test For the pre test I used I compared the one article from each paper. In general, I realised that the broadsheet newspaper articles were longer in length than tabloid newspapers articles. For this reason, I decided to have a stratified sample so that the sample would be in proportion to the length of the article.

  2. The Open Box Problem

    Calculus and Algebra I am now going to prove, through the use of calculus and algebra, that in the formula x = L 6 That x stands for the size of each of the four cu-outs and that L stands for the length of one side of the card.

  1. Investigate which newspaper out of the Sun, Daily Express, and Times offers the easiest ...

    Investigation 1 In this investigation I shall be trying to determine whether or not a top end newspaper, this being The Times, is a harder read than a bottom end, this being The Sun.

  2. The aim of this experiment is to test the trainer for is suitability for ...

    which means that there was a lot of grip of the rest of the surfaces and I had also found that the trainer is very slippery on vinyl. Comparison This is the table I got from a class mate to compare: Adidas sports trainer Testing surfaces Grip - Newton's 1kg

  1. Tabloid Newspaper - The Sun statistical analysis.

    + 1 x3 = 38.25 = 6.4 4 4 Inter quartile range = upper quartile - lower quartile = 6.4 - 2.6 = 3.8 Broadsheet - The Times Word length Frequency Cumulative frequency 1 1 1 2 6 7 3 7 14 4 9 23 5 11 34 6 5

  2. Maths coursework: read all about it.

    Therefore I am going to need to sample my words. To do this I am going to use the random button on my calculator. I will then be able to take a random word and record my results fairly, avoiding bias.

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