Unit 5 Real-World Unit Projects

Problem Solving in Physical Education: Basketball All-Star

Task | Process | Guidance | Resources | Conclusion

1. A sports statistician organizes and analyzes data. Your job is to be a sports statistician for the WNBA. You will use measure of central tendency and measures of variation.
2. Create a presentation of your findings including graphs.
Process
1a.  The table below shoes the average number of points per game certain players from a recent season. Choose intervals and then make a frequency table. Then construct a histogram of the data.
 Team Average Points Per Game Sparks 99.0 Sun 88.50 Mercury 85 Lynx 84 Shock 77 Silverstars 72.5 Storm 70.5 Dream 68 Fever 67.50 Monarchs 67.50 Comets 66 Liberty 63.00 Sky 61.00 Mystics 53.00
1b.  The table shows the average points per game for the Los Angeles Sparks. Determine the probability of them scoring over 80 points in the next season.
 Season Points Per Game 11 99.0 10 74.5 9 75.7 8 68.4 7 73.4 6 73.5 5 76.6 4 76.3 3 75.5 2 76.5 1 71.6
1c.  Create a fantasy team of 6 players by researching online WNBA players and their statistics of points per game and rebounds. Choose a data display to support your choice of players.

2.  Make a poster that contains several graphs. Be sure to include a spreadsheet!

Guidance
1. For help with probability and histograms refer to the textbook.
2. Information about the WNBA and helpful links are in the resources section. Remember to think about the different aspects of the game of basketball and what is important to make a good team.
Be creative in all of your work!

Resources
Use the internet to research information about the WNBA and histograms.

Conclusion
Great work! Your probability and statistics tool kits likely came in handy with your task. Did you find out some interesting things about the world of basketball? We hope you enjoyed making up your own dream team and now you can see how large a role mathematics plays in understanding in this world.