Ebola

This is an extensive resource based on the spread of the Ebola disease; it uses a range of statistical techniques to analysis the data and to make predictions.

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Summary

This is an extensive resource based on the spread of the Ebola disease; it uses a range of statistical techniques to analysis the data and to make predictions.

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Strands

Algebra and Graphs, Statistics

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Prior knowledge

Appreciation of a range of statistical techniques, including revision of Stem and Leaf Diagrams, Histograms, Box Plots and extended onto Sampling and Standard Deviation.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

  • AQA
  • C&G
  • Eduqas
  • Pearson/ Edexcel
  • OCR

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Suggested approaches

Suitable for group or paired work with the opportunity for collaboration and discussion, and updating the data with the latest summaries.

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Resources/documentation

There is an extensive PowerPoint that covers both the main theme of the resource but also the revision of the required statistical techniques, which are presented in context. There are also useful video clips on Ebola, setting the scene and giving relevant background information, along with a test and mark scheme on this topic.

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Relevant digital technologies

Calculator or spreadsheet needed for statistical calculations.

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Possible extensions

The main extension here is to update the data and see the efficiency of the actions taken to curb this disease.

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Tags

Box plots, stem and leaf, standard deviation, sampling.

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Acknowledgement

The Duston School, Northampton.

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