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.


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.