Comparing Causes of Death
Julie A. Ellsworth
Truckee Meadows Community College
This module examines data on the causes of death in the United States. Students will be presented with a bar graph showing data on the comparable
number of deaths in the United States attributed to seven different causes. They will
examine the information and answer a series of questions designed to help them
understand the meaning of the data and the limitations of the data (what does the graph
mean and what does it not mean).
The mathematics involved is reading and interpreting a bar graph and calculating percentages.