Monday, April 4, 2016

Feel the Curve

Here is a relief model of a normal curve that was developed to aid teaching statistics to the visually impaired. Students would trace their fingers along the raised impression of the curve and its divisions into standard deviation intervals to gain experience and understanding of the normal curve and how it describes the normal distribution of measurements along its horizontal axis, distinctions that we have seen repeatedly on this blog. In this figure, the lines representing one standard deviation above and below the mean seem to fall a bit short of the curve's two points of inflection, where they should naturally fall. But this is an excellent concept for aiding those with visual impairments.

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