Describing Distributions Using the Mean and MAD

What city has the most consistent temperatures? Pupils use the mean and mean absolute deviation to describe various data sets including the average temperature in several cities. The 10th lesson in the 22-part series asks learners to interpret the two statistics in terms of the context of the data set.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide groups several data distributions to sort and have them justify their sorting strategies
  • Have pupils develop data sets with specific means and mean absolute deviations
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should know how to calculate the mean absolute deviation
Pros

  • Uses tables to display the numerical data
  • Contains a lesson summary highlighting the interpretation of the mean and MAD
Cons

  • None
Common Core