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A decimal number is a different way of representing numbers smaller than one. You put them after a full stop (the decimal point), for instance 0.5. The first digit after the decimal point represents tenths. If you sliced a cake into 10 slices, each slice would be a tenth of the cake. So 0.5 is the same as saying 5 tenths, and can be written
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In this section, you have learned about appropriate ways of interpreting data in tables. By working through examples, you have seen how it can be useful to calculate appropriate proportions and ratios, and to present some of the data in graphical form. Guidelines for the choice of graphics have been given. When the data in a table are in the form of counts, you have seen that it can be useful to calculate the counts in a particular row or column as proportions (usually in the form of percenta
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Activity 3.1: Health care personnel in Thailand: calculating percentages

Would it be helpful, in considering possible changes in the way health care personnel are divided into the five categories listed, to recalculate the numbers in t
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In this section you have been introduced to some guidelines for presenting data in tables. These guidelines apply particularly when the data in a table are being used to illustrate a particular point or to show up clearly a particular pattern.

You have seen that, in some circumstances, following the second of these guidelines leads to some pooling together of rows. (In other cases, it could be columns or individual cells that are pooled.) However, care is needed when, by making such sim
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Can Table 2.4 be simplified further by pooling more rows or columns? Perhaps it might be, but there may well be a risk of losing some important or relevant information. So, before considering any further simplification, we shall look at adding information to the table, in the form of the
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In much of your statistical work, you will begin with data set, often presented in the form of a table, and use the information in the table to produce diagrams and/or summary statistics that help in the interpretation of the data set. However, in practice, much interpretation of data sets can be done directly from an appropriate table of data, or by re-presenting the data in a rather different tabular form. Dealing with data in tables is the subject of this section and the next. By the time
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In this subsection we consider, briefly, some problems that can arise with certain ways of drawing bar charts and pie charts.

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The data in Table 3 are the recorded birth weights of 50 infants who displayed severe idiopathic respiratory distress syndrome (SIRDS). This is a serious condition which can result in death.

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Now try the following.

Think of a number. Add 4. If my answer is 11, can you work out what number I was thinking of?

You might have said â€˜What number do I have to add on to 4 to get 11?â€™ or perhaps â€˜If I take away 4 from 11 what number do I get?â€™ In both cases you should have arrived at the answer 7.

In the second method â€˜subtracting 4â€™ undoes the â€˜adding 4â€™ in the original instructions.

This process can be illustrated by a â€˜doingâ€“undoing diagramâ€™
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The body mass index (BMI) is sometimes used to help determine whether an adult is under- or overweight. It is calculated as follows:

Although care needs to be taken in interpreting the results (for example, the formula isn't appropriate for children, old people or those w
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The time taken to cook a fresh chicken depends on its mass, as given by the following formula:

Roughly how long will a chicken with a mass of 2.2Â kg take to cook?

To use the formula, you need to substitute the mass of the chicken into the right-hand side of the equ
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In the last section, we considered how a formula could be built up and then how it could be used. This section considers some more complicated formulas, which have already been developed and are used in a variety of different situations â€“ cookery, healthcare, business and archaeology. We hope that these examples illustrate some of the very broad applications of maths and how mathematical relationships can be used in making decisions. As you work through these examples, you may like to consi
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Suppose you are tiling a bathroom or kitchen and the last row of square tiles is to be a frieze made up of blank tiles and patterned tiles as shown below.

F
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After completing this unit you should be able to:

• visualise problems using pictures and diagrams;

• recognise patterns in a variety of different situations;

• use a word formula to help solve a problem;

• derive simple word formulas of your own, for example for use in a spreadsheet;

• use doing and undoing diagrams to change formulas round;

• solve problems involving direct and inverse proportion;

• in
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Patterns occur everywhere in art, nature, science and especially mathematics. Being able to recognise, describe and use these patterns is an important skill that helps you to tackle a wide variety of different problems. This unit explores some of these patterns ranging from ancient number patterns to the latest mathematical research. It also looks at some useful practical applications. You will see how to describe some patterns mathematically as formulas and how these can be used to solve pro
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Exercise 58

Determine the equation of the circle with centre (2, 1) and radius 3.