Histograms As A Tool To Describe Data

Represent Data in a Histogram

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Represent Data in a Histogram

  • Make a histogram using the data you collected on your typical six grade student question.
    • Decide what the range of each bin should be.
    • Determine the number of data points in each bin.
    • Create a frequency scale on the vertical line.
    • Divide the horizontal line into intervals based on your bin width.
    • Label the vertical and horizontal lines and create a title for your histogram.
  • Write a summary of what your histogram shows about your data.
  • How do you think your histogram would look if you used different intervals?


  • Each group of data in a histogram is called a bin . Each bin “fills up” with the data that belong in that bin. For example, in a histogram that represents height, each bin represents a range of heights.
  • To make a histogram, you need to first decide the bin width. Each bin should be the same width.
  • Remember that the bars in a histogram should touch each other.