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Collecting and recording data


Two-way tables

You can use a two way table to show two sets of information.

Investigation example

Aled carried out a survey to see how many of his classmates are left-handed. His results are shown in the table below:

  Left-handed Right-handed
Boys 2 14
Girls 1 12

This is an example of a two-way table and it is used to show two different features in a survey.

In this case it shows:

  1. Boys and girls
  2. Left-handed or right-handed

You can find out lots of information from this table. For example, you can see that there are 2 left-handed boys in the class. You can also see that there are 13 girls in the class (1 left-handed and 12 not left-handed)


Q1. How many right-handed children are there in the class?

Q2. How many children are there in total?


A1. There are 14 right-handed boys and 12 right-handed girls, so 14 + 12 = 26 in total.

A2. There are 29 children in total.
This is the total of all the numbers in the table.


Collecting and recording data activity

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