In this activity, students collect data from an experiment designed to investigate whether or not the ability to name the color of printed ink is challenged when the word written with the ink is the name of a color. Students are asked to design the experiment to investigate this. Numeric summaries (mean and five-number summary) and comparative boxplots are used to summarize the collected data. Conclusions are drawn about the difficulty of naming a color when it is displayed in this manner.

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Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots).

Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets.

Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers).

Understand statistics as a process for making inferences about population parameters based on a random sample from that population.

Use data from a randomized experiment to compare two treatments; use simulations to decide if differences between parameters are significant.

Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots).

Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets.

Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers).

Understand statistics as a process for making inferences about population parameters based on a random sample from that population.

Use data from a randomized experiment to compare two treatments; use simulations to decide if differences between parameters are significant.