What’s Going On in This Graph? | Sept. 16, 2020

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What’s Going On in This Graph? | Sept. 16, 2020

The New York Times reports that in the United States there have been more than 6.3 million Covid-19 cases and more than 190,000 deaths.

The two maps above use data as compiled by The Times as of Sept. 9, 2020.

Definition: Per capita cases is the number of cases per person and is usually expressed as either 1 case in some number of people or as the number of cases per 100,000 people.

By Friday morning, Sept. 18, we will provide the “Reveal” — the maps’ free online link, additional background and questions, shout outs for student headlines, and Stat Nuggets.

After looking closely at the maps above (or at these full-size images), answer these four questions:

  • What do you notice?

  • What do you wonder?

The questions are intended to build on one another, so try to answer them in order.

2. Next, join the conversation online by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box. (Teachers of younger students are welcome to post their students’ responses.)

3. Below the response box, there is an option for students to click on “Email me when my comment is published.” This sends the link to their response which they can share with their teacher.

4. After you have posted, read what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting a comment. Use the “Reply” button to address that student directly.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, teachers from our collaborator, the American Statistical Association, will facilitate this discussion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.

5. By Friday morning, Sept. 18, we will reveal more information about the maps, including a free link to the article that included these maps, at the bottom of this post. We encourage you to post additional comments based on the article, possibly using statistical terms defined in the Stat Nuggets.