Can we compare apples and oranges? We certainly can…when we use statistics!
In the activity Comparing Two Numerical Distributions, students compare two populations by looking at the similarities and/or differences between them. The populations in this activity are drawn from familiar real world scenarios to which students can relate. This way, the comparisons and interpretations make more sense to students.
Students will extend the skills they have already learned for finding measures of center and variability for one population to finding these values for two populations, and using the values to compare the populations. With visual representations, such as dot plots and boxplots, students can also draw visual comparisons between the populations to make interpretations.