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Who Gets Help: A Field Experiment?
shelia kennison, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Students carry out a field experiment in order to test the hypothesis that able bodied individuals receive less help than those perceived to have an injury. Students collect and analyze data and write an APA style research report.

Calculating Divorce Rates
Joseph Carroll, Colby-Sawyer College
This exercise from a course in family sociology asseses students' ability to interpret divorce rates from provided spreadsheet data and to critically analyze three articles that use divorce rates in their content.

Placing a Community: Demographic Contexts
Adriana Estill
This assignment asks students to examine several recent U.S. census tables about Hispanics and educational attainment and write a brief report that details the conclusions they reach.

Age Dependency Ratios: Numbers in Context
Eric Gaze, Bowdoin College
This activity involves computing dependency ratios and interpreting these numbers in context.

Shifting Attitudes on the Second Shift: A Statistical Analysis of Women and Work
Liz Raleigh
(How) have public attitudes about work and gender changed over the last 25 years? Using the General Social Survey (available online) students will conduct a descriptive statistical analysis of Americans perceptions about women and work from 1988. They will then contextualize their findings within the contemporary literature about these issues.

What Time Did The Potato Die?
Rebecca Sunderman
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Simulating a forensic calculation, students build spreadsheets and create graphs to find the time of death of a potato victim from temperature vs. time data.

Illegal Software Installation: Tracking software piracy rates around the world
Maryann Allen, Colby-Sawyer College
Spreadsheets across the Curriculum Module. Students use spreadsheets to analyze data on software piracy rates in various regions throughout the world