Many of us like to try before we buy…whether it’s a beauty or household product, a food item or recipe, or even a piece of music. Many consumers like to get a limited quantity of a product so they can learn about and assess the product. The same holds true for population samples–a sample from a population allows you to have an understanding of the entire population.
In the activity Populations and Samples, students learn about sampling a population and understand that they can draw conclusions from representative samples. The activity is an introduction to population study in which students define terms used in this area of mathematics and distinguish between representative and biased samples.