## MATH 211 Week 2 Discussion 2 | Assignment Help | Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

MATH 211 Week 2 Discussion 2 | Assignment Help | Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Module 2 - Discussion: Standard Deviation

For this discussion activity, you will use an applet that deals with the standard deviation of a numerical data set.

Be sure that you completed the applet/discussion on Mean vs Median before doing this activity.

Standard Deviation = The standard deviation is a number that measures how far a typical observation is from the mean.

Run Applet

Navigate to the Standard Deviation (Links to an external site.) applet and follow these instructions:

1.      Prepare the applet for use.

o    Select the “Add point” button and enter a value of 0 in the input box, then select “OK”.

o    Repeat the above step to enter the value 20.

o    Select the “Reset” button to remove the data points, but leave the axis between 0 and 20.

2.      Create Set A.

o    Insert eight data points approximately evenly spaced between 0 and 20.

o    Record the standard deviation of Set A.

o    Select the “Reset” button to clear the data.

3.      Create Set B.

o    Insert all eight data points very close to 10 on the number line.

o    Record the standard deviation of Set B.

o    Select the “Reset” button to clear the data.

4.      Create Set C.

o    Insert four points close to 0 and four points close to 20.

o    Record the standard deviation of Set C.

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1.      Which data set has the lowest standard deviation?

2.      Which has the highest?

3.      Is this what you expected? Why or why not?