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Lab 1: Introduction to Science
Exercise 1: Data Interpretation
Table 4: Water Quality vs. Fish Population
Dissolved Oxygen (ppm)
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
Number of Fish Observed
0
1
3
10
12
13
15
10
12
13

Questions
1. What patterns do you observe based on the information in Table 4?

2. Develop a hypothesis relating to the amount of dissolved oxygen measured in the water sample and the number of fish observed in the body of water.

3. What would your experimental approach be to test this hypothesis?

4. What would be the independent and dependent variables?

5. What would be your control?

6. What type of graph would be appropriate for this data set? Why?

7. Graph the data from Table 4:
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He tells his son that if he can guess the amount of money he is holding within 5% error he can have the money. The son guesses that he is holding 81 cents. The dad opens his hand and displays 90 cents. Did the son guess close enough to receive the money from his father?

2. A science teacher tells her class that their final project requires the students to measure a specific variable and determine the velocity of a car with no more than 2.5% error. Jennifer and Johnny work hard and decide the velocity of the car is 34.87 m/s. The teacher informs them that the actual velocity is 34.15 m/s. Will Jennifer and Johnny pass their final project?

3. A locomotive train is on its way from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI. The trip is said to last 3.15 hours. When the train arrives in Madison the conductor notices it actually took them 3.26 hours. The train company prides itself on always having its trains to the station within a 3% error of the expected time. Will the train company live up to its reputation on this trip?

4. A coach tells his little league players that hitting a .275 batting average, within 7% percentage error, means that they had a really great season. Seven year old Tommy ended the season hitting a .258 batting average. According to his coach, did he have a great season?

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