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Task:


Bivariate numerical data from a random sample of CensusAtSchool data (Students in Year 5 - 12) was used to generate scatter plots and to consider the strength of any relationships found.

1. Predict whether each relationship is positive or negative and complete the sentences with ‘increases” or “decreases”.

a) Time taken to get to school v Age “As age increases the time taken to get to school ………………

b) Age v Age “As age increases, age ……………

c) Time spent watching TV v Age “As age increases the time spent watching TV ……………...

d) Hours of homework completed per week v Belly-button height “As belly button height increases the amount of homework completed ………………

e) Age v Birth year “As birth year increases a person’s age …………………

f) Time taken to complete the questionnaire v Age “As age increases the time taken to complete the questionnaire …………………

g) Arm span v Height “As height increases, arm span …………………….

h) Year level v Year of birth “As year of birth increases, a person’s year level ……………

i) Foot length v Belly button height “As belly button height increases, foot length ……………

j) Length of foot v Year of birth “As year of birth increases, foot length ………………


2. Write the letter of each sentence above into the table below and so predict Pearson’s r.

Perfect positive 1Perfect negative -1
Strong positive 0.75 > 1Strong negative -0.75 < -0.50
Moderate positive 0.50 > 0.75Moderate negative -0.75 < -0.50
Weak positive 0.25 > 0.50Weak negative -0.5 < -0.25
Almost no positive relationship 0 > 0.25Almost no negative relationship -0.25 < 0


3. Each of the following graphs represents one of the above relationships.

  • Match each graph with the appropriate sentence.
  • Use the equation to write a sentence in terms of the variables.
  • Explain the significance of the gradient and the y intercept.

E.g. Foot length = 0.65 x year level + 19 cm
m = 0.65 For each increase of 1 in year level, foot length increases by 0.65 cm.
c = 19 When a person is in 0 year level (i.e. kindergarten age) their foot length is 19 cm.





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