## Statistics with Straws

Each person in the class gets three or four plastic drinking
straws. (Ours were about 8 1/4 inches or
21 cm long, available in packages of 75 for about a dollar.) Students also get a pair of scissors, a
ruler, a sheet of paper for recording data, and a TI-83/84 calculator.

Your task is to cut each of your straws into three pieces
(with two cuts!). The shortest piece
should be at least one inch long. Try to
make the cuts straight across, and try to make the pieces be of different
lengths. Then on your data sheet, record
the length of each piece to the nearest millimeter. Give the list to the instructor, who will
enter lengths from the whole class into a list on his/her calculator.

The cut straws may look something like this:

The instructor transfers the class data from his/her
calculator to the calculator of each person in the class.

Your task is to prepare a report that describes the distribution
of the lengths of the straws, and to formulate your conclusions. You may do this in any way that you
want. You may use any calculator
programs that you like.