Practice: Calculating the Pearson r Correlation (Math and Spelling Ability)

Instructors should assign this problem (about scores on a math and a spelling test) to students as in-class practice or homework after students have learned how to calculate a Pearson r correlation and test for significance.

The activity leads students through determining the hypotheses, calculating the correlation coefficient, making a decision about the null hypotheses and summarizing the results. An answer key is included.

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