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Matchbox Machine

Students discover how to construct and interpret box plots to assess a quality assurance process for matchboxes. They learn to use boxplots to identify if the process is working correctly. This series has the same format as Rice crisp machine, however uses a different context and a larger range of numbers.

Teacher notes

  • Students use data displayed in a dynamic sortable table to work out the five-point summary required for a boxplot: maximum, minimum, first and third quartiles and median.
  • Once the student has constructed a boxplot, they interpret the boxplot according to tolerance levels in the quality control manual.

Learning objects

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Matchbox machine: take a sample
The student observes a sample of matchboxes being taken, builds a single boxplot and answers a quiz to show understanding.

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Matchbox machine: plot the variation
The student observes a sample of matchboxes being taken, builds a single boxplot and answers a quiz to show understanding. A further nine samples are taken and the student builds a series of boxplots for these and answers an additional quiz.

matchbox machine picture.

Matchbox machine
This is an aggregated learning unit combining 'Matchbox machine: take a sample' and 'Matchbox machine: plot the variation'.