MATH 113: Misleading Charts Discussion Questions


If you're assigned a pair of charts:
  1. Do the charts display the same data?
  2. What are the differences between the charts?
  3. Which chart do you think best illustrates the "big picture"? Why?
All students:
  1. How are the charts misleading?
  2. What false assumptions could arise from the misleading charts?
  3. Bonus: Give a quantitative answer to the previous question. For example "a 100% difference in candy collection is magnified to look like a 300% difference because of the increase in area".