Demog C175 PS 1

Demog C175 PS 1 - Problem Set 1 Demog/Econ 175 Professor...

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Problem Set 1 Demog/Econ 175 Professor Ronald Lee January 22, 2009 Due: February 3, 2009 by 2:10 pm 1 Questions about this problem set Please post your questions on bSpace forums: go to ”Forums” - > ”Problem sets” - > ”Problem set 1”. Click on ”Post new thread” to write your question, together with the ”title” of the question. Once you are done writing your message, click on ”Post Message”. If you see someone asking a question that you have encountered and solved, then feel free to post a response. However, please do not give out answers to the problem set on the forum. If you encounter any problem, please send an email with your question to 175gsi2009@gmail.com. 2 Introduction This week we saw the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, who was born in the state of Hawaii. Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate who ran with Senator McCain against President Obama was from the state of Alaska. In this problem set, we will explore the age and sex distribution of President Obama’s state of birth and Ms. Palin’s state of residence and compare them to the United States as a whole. We will do this by first downloading the appropriate data from the U.S. Census, then making population pyramids for the three geographic areas. 3 Population Pyramid A population pyramid is a graphical representation of the age and sex distribution of a population. We will use the population pyramid to examine the demographic characteristics of Hawaii, Alaska, and the U.S. . We strongly encourage you to create graphs using any computer software with which you are familiar. Many students may find it helpful to 1
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attend a computer section to learn how to construct a population pyramid using Excel. Computer sections will be held in Barrows 64 on:
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Demog C175 PS 1 - Problem Set 1 Demog/Econ 175 Professor...

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