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Problems adapted from questions set for previous Mathematics exams.

1.

GCSE Higher

The grouped frequency table gives information about the times, in minutes, that 90 commuters take to get home from work.

Time (t minutes)Frequency
\(0 \lt t \le 10\)6
\(10 \lt t \le 20\)32
\(20 \lt t \le 30\)22
\(30 \lt t \le 40\)10
\(40 \lt t \le 50\)10
\(50 \lt t \le 60\)7
\(60 \lt t \le 70\)3

(a) Complete the cumulative frequency table.

Time (t minutes)Cumulative frequency
\(0 \lt t \le 10\)
\(0 \lt t \le 20\)
\(0 \lt t \le 30\)
\(0 \lt t \le 40\)
\(0 \lt t \le 50\)
\(0 \lt t \le 60\)
\(0 \lt t \le 70\)

(b) On the grid, draw the cumulative frequency graph for this information.

Graph paper

(c) Use your graph to find an estimate for the percentage of these commuters who take more than 45 minutes to get home from work.


2.

GCSE Higher

The table shows information about the heights of 85 stalagmites.

Height (\(h\) cm) Frequency
\(10\lt h \le 15\)9
\(15\lt h \le 20\)13
\(20\lt h \le 25\)18
\(25\lt h \le 30\)22
\(30\lt h \le 35\)15
\(35\lt h \le 40\)8

(a) Find the class interval that contains the median.

(b) On the grid below, draw a frequency polygon for the information in the table.

Graph Paper

3.

IGCSE Extended
Histogram

155 people were asked how much money they would pay for particular three-course meal in a special restaurant.

The histogram shows the results of the survey.

(a) Complete the frequency table for information shown in the histogram.

Amount (£\(x\))\(0\lt x \le 10\)
Frequency 20

(b) Use your frequency table to calculate an estimate of the mean amount these people would pay for the meal.


4.

GCSE Higher

The scatter graph gives information about the marks earned in a Statistic exam and a Mathematics exam by each of 13 students.

Scatter Graph

The box plot for the Mathematics exam for the 13 students is drawn on the grid below.

Box and Whisker

(a) Draw the box plot for the Statistics exam.

(b) Compare the distributions of marks scored in the two exams.


5.

GCSE Higher

Here is some information about the length of time children spent in a swimming pool at a holiday resort during a heat wave.

Draw a box plot to show this information.


6.

GCSE Higher

The table shows the marks earned by 200 students taking a Maths exam.

Mark (n) \(0\lt n \le 10\) \(10\lt n \le 20\) \(20\lt n \le 30\) \(30\lt n \le 40\) \(40\lt n \le 50\) \(50\lt n \le 60\) \(60\lt n \le 70\) \(70\lt n \le 80\)
Frequency 3 7 33 42 54 35 20 6

(a) Use the data in the table above to complete the following cumulative frequency table

Mark (n) \(n \le 10\) \(n \le 20\) \(n \le 30\) \(n \le 40\) \(n \le 50\) \(n \le 60\) \(n \le 70\) \(n \le 80\)
Cumulative Frequency               200

(b) Draw the cumulative frequency curve on graph paper.

The top 5% of students will receive an A grade. The next 15% of students will receive a B grade and the next 30% will receive a C grade.

(c) Use your graph to estimate the lowest mark that B grade will be awarded for.


7.

GCSE Higher

The table shows the amount of time, in months, taken to sell houses on the Happyland housing estate.

Time (m months) Frequency
0 < m ≤ 2 10
2 < m ≤ 5 21
5 < m ≤ 10 25
10 < m ≤ 15 20
15 < m ≤ 20 25

(a) Draw a histogram for the information in the table.

(b) Find an estimate for the median.


8.

IB Studies

The distribution of daily average wind speed on an island over a period of 120 days is displayed on this box-and-whisker diagram.

(a) Write down the median wind speed.

(b) Write down the minimum wind speed.

(c) Find the interquartile range.

(d) Write down the number of days the wind speed was between 20 kmh-1 and 51 kmh-1.

(e) Write down the number of days the wind speed was between 9 kmh-1 and 68 kmh-1.


9.

IB Studies

The following grouped frequency table shows the length of time, \(t\), in minutes, visitors watched an octopus swimming around a tank at an aquarium.

Time (\(t\))Visitors
\(0\lt t \le 5\)23
\(5\lt t \le 10\)13
\(10\lt t \le 15\)9
\(15\lt t \le 20\)6
\(20\lt t \le 25\)2
\(25\lt t \le 30\)1

(a) Write down the total number of visitors who were included in the survey.

(b) Write down the mid-interval value for the \(20\lt t \le 25\) group.

(c) Find an estimate of the mean time visitors took watching the octopus.

The information above has been rewritten as a cumulative frequency table.

Time (\(t\))\(t \le 5\)\(t \le 10\)\(t \le 15\)\(t \le 20\)\(t \le 25\)\(t \le 30\)
Cumulative frequency2336\(a\)5153\(b\)

(d) Write down the values of \(a\) and \(b\).

This information is shown in the following cumulative frequency graph.

Cumulative Frequency Graph

(e) Use the graph to estimate the maximum time taken watching the octopus for the first 32 visitors (arranged in order of increasing viewing time).

(f) Use the graph to estimate the number of visitors who spent less than 13 minutes watching the octopus.

(g) Use the graph to estimate the number of visitors who take more than 17 minutes watching the octopus.


10.

IB Applications and Interpretation

Derek has put together a fantasy football squad and has recorded the heights of all the players in the squad rounded to the nearest centimetre. The data is illustrated in the following box and whisker diagram.

box and whisker diagram

(a) Write down the median height of the players.

(b) Write down the upper quartile height.

(c) Find the interquartile range of the heights.

The height of these players are normally distributed.

(d) Find the height of the tallest possible player that is not an outlier. Give your answer to the nearest centimetre.


11.

GCSE Higher

The charts below show the results of pupils in a Year Group answering twenty mental arithmetic questions.

Histograms

What information from the diagrams can be used to support or counter each of these statements?

(a) Girls are better at mental arithmetic than boys.

(b) The range of the boys' times is greater than the range of the girls' times.

The Head of the school would like to use this data to make statements about all of the pupils in the school.

(c) Comment on whether any conclusions can be drawn for the whole school population from the results of this Year Group.


12.

GCSE Higher

Poppy Pringle recorded the heights in centimetres of the sunflowers growing in her brother's and sister's gardens.

Sunflower

Here are the heights of the 19 sunflowers in her brother's garden:

$$94, 103, 110, 111, 123, 143, 150, 150, 151, 156, 157, 160, 170, 182, 201, 220, 250, 255, 231$$

(a) Complete the table below to show information about this data.

Median        
Lower quartile 
Upper quartile 
Shortest 
Tallest 

Here is some information about the sunflowers in Poppy's sister's garden:

Median160
Lower quartile143
Upper quartile172
Shortest110
Tallest199

Poppy says that the sunflowers in her brother's garden are shorter that those in her sister's garden.

(b) Is Poppy correct?

You must give a reason for your answer.

Poppy says that the sunflowers in her brother's garden vary more in height than those in her sister's garden.

(c) Is Poppy correct?

You must give a reason for your answer.


13.

IB Analysis and Approaches

A TV company surveyed 88 of its employees to find out how much time they spend travelling to work on a given day. The results of the survey are shown in the following cumulative frequency diagram.

Cumulative Frequency Diagram

(a) Find the median number of minutes spent travelling to work.

(b) Find the interquartile range.

(c) Find the number of employees whose travelling time is within 20 minutes of the median.

(d) Only 10% of the employees spent less than k minutes travelling to work. Find the value of k.

The results of the survey can also be displayed on the following box-and-whisker diagram.

Box Plot

(e) Write down the value of a.

(f) Find the value of b.

(g) Travelling times of less than p minutes are considered outliers. Find the value of p .


14.

IB Studies
Cumulative Frequency Graph

This cumulative frequency graph shows the speeds in kmh-1 of cyclists passing a certain point on a race track.

(a) Estimate the minimum possible speed of one of these cyclists.

(b) Find the median speed of the cyclists.

(c) Write down the 65th percentile.

(d) Calculate the interquartile range.

(e) Find the number of these cyclists that were travelling faster than 22 kmh-1

The table shows the speeds of these cyclists.

Speed of Cyclists (s)Number of Cyclists
\(0 \lt s \le 5\)0
\(5 \lt s \le 10\)\(a\)
\(10 \lt s \le 15\)8
\(15 \lt s \le 20\)20
\(20 \lt s \le 25\)16
\(25 \lt s \le 30\)5
\(30 \lt s \le 35\)\(b\)

(f) Find the value of \(a\) and of \(b\)

(g) Write down the modal class.

(h) Write down the mid-interval value for the modal class.

(i) Use your graphic display calculator to calculate an estimate of the mean speed of these cyclists.

(j) Use your graphic display calculator to calculate an estimate of the standard deviation of the speeds of these cyclists.


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