Biological Applications of Statistical Analysis

Author: Stuart Surrey

School/Organization:

Philadelphia High School for Girls

Year: 2011

Seminar: Math Concepts in the Classroom

Grade Level: 9-12

Keywords: Biology, probability, problem solving, Statistics

School Subject(s): Science, Biology

Science is built upon a foundation of inquiry and experimentation. The data obtained
from such investigations has led to and could lead to the further advancement of scientific
knowledge and understanding. The reliability of the data, however, is subject to
interpretation and is dependent upon a number of factors including: the experimental
design, sample or population size, and the accuracy of the instrumentation employed.
Validation of the data and the resulting conclusions is based largely upon statistical
analysis. These methods include, but are not limited to, calculating the: mean, mode,
median, range, sample variance, standard deviation, chi-square analysis, and the
Student’s t-test. Therefore, creation of a curriculum unit which focuses on the
implementation of statistical methods and techniques would not only be beneficial to
improving the problem solving skills of students, but it would also introduce them to the
importance of statistics. Consequently, this unit is designed to familiarize high school
biology students with certain fundamental concepts of statistical analysis.

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