Last night I went and bought 8 pounds of Skittles; I had a fun conversation with the cashier.
Algebra looked at the color distribution of the different sized bags of skittles and made some conclusions on the data.
Here’s how things went.
I threw up this picture and asked ’em how many Skittles thy thought were in the package, then their estimated percent breakdown of each color.
After, I put this up and asked if it changed any if their answers.
They saw the number of each color and calculated the percentage of each.
111 Skittles isn’t a great size to make any conclusions, they asked for a larger bag and then made the same estimations.
389 Skittles isn’t really enough to make conclusions either… the data was everywhere.
Then, I pulled out a 2 pound bag of Skittles, broke students into groups of 2 and had them find the frequency of each color.
I put together a quick Excel document and had running totals throughout the day.
The results of each 2 pound bag were different, but when we put them together and looked at a sample size of 4338 some interesting talking points emerge.