Data Analysis
  Biology, Medicine &

    6 - 9 Grades Social Science
    10 - 12 Grades Social Science
This module is part of a series produced at The Universtiy of Nevada at Reno for the National Numeracy Network under a grant from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation through the National Council on Education and the Disciplines. These brief modules are envisioned as a resource for teachers to use in a classroom setting and also for quantitative literacy workshops for teachers. Each module typically contains one or two examples related to "real world" quantitative literacy issues and includes exercises for students. There is also a section "for the instructor" that contains discussions of some of the topics, solutions to the exercises, and resources for further explorations.


Likelihood of Cancer
Julie A. Ellsworth
Truckee Meadows Community College

In this module students will determine the likelihood of developing cancer by examining various data. They will be presented with two pie charts, one showing the leading cause of death in the United States for people ages 10-24 and one for people ages 25 and older (pie chart data for 33 individual states are also available on line). Students will examine the national data and answer a series of questions designed to help them understand and compare the two charts. Secondly, they will be presented with cancer incident data for two different age groups to compare with the pie chart data and to investigate the likelihood of developing different types of cancer at different ages (other datasets can be generated using the DEVCAN database of cancer data available on line).

The mathematics involved is reading and interpreting pie charts; calculating and understanding percentages and proportions.