Investigation: How Faithful is Old Faithful?
- Build skills and gain experience in analyzing and interpreting real geologic data.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Excel data file (Excel 27kB Mar15 04)
MiniTab data file ( 11kB Mar15 04)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- For parts 1-4, split the data file into small pieces (10-20 data points each) and give each student one piece. They should graph, analyze and make predictions based on it. Then have them trade data sets several times with neighboring students and repeat to get a broader picture.
- Questions to help promote statistical thinking in the students are listed in the Shaughnessy and Pfannkuch article referenced below. Questions are broken out by the part of the exercise where they are appropriate.
References and Resources
Shaughnessy and Pfannkuch, 2002 . How Faithful is Old Faithful? Statistical Thinking: A Story of Variation and Prediction. Mathematics Teacher, v. 95, n. 4, pp. 252-259.
Fournier, Robert (1969). Old Faithful: A Physical Model. Science, v. 163, pp. 304-305.
Azzalini, A. and A. W. Bowman (1990). A Look at Some Data on the Old Faithful Geyser. Applied Statistics, v. 39, n. 3, pp. 357-365.