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This collection of activities from Carleton College faculty is a subset of the larger set of examples available through the National Numeracy Network.



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A Quantitative Analysis of Pausanias' Testimony on Athletic Statues at Olympia part of Examples
Students read an ancient account of the statues of athletes at Olympia and extract from it a set of data presented in a spreadsheet. After analyzing the data using tables, graphs, and maps, the students use quantitative reasoning combined with qualitative arguments to write a paper about how Pausanias' account of the statues reflects both his own biases and the cultural norms of ancient Greek athletics.

American Politics Group Data Projects part of Examples
SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

Exploring Economic Inequality with Data part of Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to data which can be used to analyze economic inequality in international and historical context. Then students are asked to generate a thesis-driven argument drawing supporting evidence from one or more of the data sources.

Data Rich Economic Policy Brief part of Examples
This assignment asks students to write a data-rich policy brief, showing their ability to apply standard microeconomic models and contextualizing the policy debate with numeric evidence.

From Acadia to Acadiana: Tracing the exile of the Acadians from Nova Scotia to Louisiana (1755-1785) part of Examples
Students will create 3D time lines using Bee Docs tracing the different branches of dispersal caused by the Great Deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755. The collection of time lines will be donated to the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Creating and Reading Two-Way Tables - Pendulum and Sobriety Testing part of Examples
This activity involves students actively to create and understand two-way tables.

Measuring Wellbeing across Racial Groups using Data and Statistics part of Examples
This set of assignments exposes students to statistics and data pertaining to economic wellbeing over time across racial (black-white)categories in the U.S.

Explaining Seismic Hazard Probabilities part of Examples
This activity asks students to explain earthquake hazard probabilities to a lay audience of citizens, government officials and others.

Introduction to the Ethnographic Atlas part of Examples
Introduction to the Ethnographic Atlas and the integration of quantitative and qualitative data analysis through the use of cross-cultural cross-tabulations.

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