# 3.5 Collecting information to answer general questions

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## Collect information to answer general questions

ACTIVITY 1

To learn that we must collect information to be able to answer general questions

[LO 5.1]

It is useful to have information about people. For instance, if the government has to decide how many new schools to build and where to build them, then they need to know how many children there are in every region of the country, especially children who are not yet attending schools. The same applies for decisions about building new clinics and hospitals, and so on.

People who want to market a new product will want to know how many people would be interested in buying their product. For this they need to ask questions and obtain statistics.

The professionals who work in this field are called statisticians. It is their job to see that the information that is gathered is the best possible (we will learn more about this later). They then study and manipulate the data so that sensible decisions can be based on them.

The basis of statistics is figures, which are obtained from asking questions. We are going to do some quick research.

The government organises a census from time to time to obtain information about the population. At that time many extra people are employed to gather the details of every person in the country. It usually takes a few years to organise all the information and to publish it. The information is then made public so that it can be used by people who need to plan on the basis of accurate figures.

Important note : Please keep any information that you work on in this section – we will use it again later. As you learn how to work with statistics, we will get more and more information from your data.

1. Think about your whole family – parents, grandparents, siblings (brothers and sisters), aunts, uncles – everybody. Count how many e x tended family members you have. How many of them have cell phones? How many of them have had cell phones stolen? How many of them have lost their cell phones? Fill the information in on the following table, and in the last row fill in the totals for the whole class
 Number of people Owns a cell phone Has had cell phone stolen Has lost cell phone Learner Class

2 Work in groups of three or four. Each must write down two sports that they would particularly like to take part in. These sports need not be school sports. For each of the sports, they must say whether they already play it, whether they are members of a team or whether they can’t play it because they don’t have access to facilities and equipment or don’t have access to a coach. Again, fill the information for your group in on the table.

3 Here are some more of the type of questions that statisticians might work on:

3.1 How representative are the learners in a particular school of the population of the area where the school is?

3.2 What are the attitudes of the people living in a certain region to the proclamation of a part of the area as a wildlife preservation area?

#### Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
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Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
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Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
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Akash Reply
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Maciej
characteristics of micro business
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How can I make nanorobot?
Lily
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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how can I make nanorobot?
Lily
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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