AP Statistics Multiple-Choice Practice Questions: Planning and Conducting Experiments 1

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1. Suppose you wish to compare the average class size of mathematics classes to the average class size of English classes in your high school. Which is the most appropriate technique for gathering the needed data?

2. Two studies are run to compare the experiences of families living in high-rise public housing to those of families living in townhouse subsidized rentals. The first study interviews 25 families who have been in each government program for at least 1 year, while the second randomly assigns 25 families to each program and interviews them after 1 year. Which of the following is a true statement?

3. Two studies are run to determine the effect of low levels of wine consumption on cholesterol level. The first study measures the cholesterol levels of 100 volunteers who have not consumed alcohol in the past year and compares these values with their cholesterol levels after 1 year, during which time each volunteer drinks one glass of wine daily. The second study measures the cholesterol levels of 100 volunteers who have not consumed alcohol in the past year, randomly picks half the group to drink one glass of wine daily for a year while the others drink no alcohol for the year, and finally measures their levels again. Which of the following is a true statement?

4. A study is made to determine whether taking AP Statistics in high school helps students achieve higher GPAs when they go to college. In comparing records of 200 college students, half of whom took AP Statistics in high school, it is noted that the average college GPA is higher for those 100 students who took AP Statistics than for those who did not. Based on this study, guidance counselors begin recommending AP Statistics for college bound students. Which of the following is incorrect?

5. In a 1927-1932 Western Electric Company study on the effect of lighting on worker productivity, productivity increased with each increase in lighting but then also increased with every decrease in lighting. If it is assumed that the workers knew a study was in progress, this is an example of

6. When the estrogen-blocking drug tamoxifen was first introduced to treat breast cancer, there was concern that it would cause osteoporosis as a side effect. To test this concern, cancer subjects were randomly selected and given tamoxifen, and their bone density was measured before and after treatment. Which of the following is a true statement?

7. In designing an experiment, blocking is used

8. Which of the following is incorrect?